Emails: WH Talked With Big Pharma

    US President Barack Obama, surrounded by lawmakers, signs the healthcare insurance reform legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 23, 2010. Obama Tuesday signed into law sweeping reforms that will for the first time ensure health care coverage for almost every American.  AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A betrayal of campaign promises, or a necessary political evil? A cache of emails released by House Republicans suggest that President Obama’s administration negotiated certain aspects of the health-care overhaul—a move that some say contradicts the president’s promise to keep the influence of large pharmaceutical companies out of legislation. “Throughout his campaign, President Obama was clear that he would bring every stakeholder to the table in order to pass health reform, even longtime opponents like the pharmaceutical industry,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told reports on Friday. In emails released Friday, seemed to show a deal reached by White House staff and drug companies in 2009 on reimplementation of lower-price medications.

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