Talks To Merge Health Care Bill Bills Begin Behind The Scenes
Roll Call reports that the Congressional aides have begun setting up the negotiations between the House and Senate for the health care bill, though at a very early stage. "Everything happening this week is happening behind the scenes," said a Senate aide. "Staff is taking the week to review documents. Informal staff meetings may happen, but nothing is scheduled just yet."
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Health Lobby Takes Fight To The States
The New York Times says that with the federal government poised to pass a health care reform bill, the states are set to become the new battlegrounds over issues of opting into some programs, opting out, or fighting them entirely: "Last year, for example, the drug industry poured more than $20 million into political contributions in states around the country. In California alone, the industry spent an additional $80 million on advertising to beat back a California ballot measure intended to push down drug prices."