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  •  But then it becomes just a game rather (0+ / 0-)

    than real health care reform. The drug industry is a part of the problem and to make a cynical deal with them makes no sense in terms of good health care policy . .

    •  Not Inherently (1+ / 0-)
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      My problem is more that this closed door dealmaking outright breaks multiple campaign promises of his, but it doesn't mean any deal reached must be a bad deal. What it looks like is that Obama is a bad negotiator and paid way too high a price to be friends with Harry and Louise, but if he had been a good negotiator PhRMA could have paid a higher price. Right now Obama is directing things at the insurance companies (who weren't at the negotiating table) when he could have directed it towards both.

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