House GOP releases documents on health care deals

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are releasing emails and
documents that shed light on dealings between the White House and
the drug industry as President Barack Obama maneuvered to move his health care overhaul through Congress.
The materials released Thursday cover a critical period in the
summer of 2009 when the legislation was bogging down in Congress.
An $80-billion financial commitment by the drug companies gave
Obama some momentum.
The deal included better prescription coverage for Medicare
recipients. Broad outlines were known at the time.
Drug makers succeeded in avoiding new requirements to pay
rebates to the government for Medicare drugs. Ultimately, they were
also able to preserve an existing ban against patients importing
lower-priced medications from overseas.
The powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee obtained the
emails from industry.

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