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Lobbyists fight last big plans to cut healthcare costs

New York Times, October 12, 2009

As the healthcare debate moves to the floor of Congress, many proposals to fulfill President Obama's original vow to curb costs have fallen victim to organized interests and politics. And now the scaled-back "Cadillac tax" on high-cost health plans and a nonpartisan Medicare budget-cutting commission are under furious assault, notes the New York Times. "The lobbyists are winning," Representative Jim Cooper, a conservative Tennessee Democrat who teaches health policy, told the Times.