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Closed-Door Deal Makes $22 Billion Difference: GOP Negotiators Criticized for Change In Measure on HMOs

Date: January 24, 2006
Author: Jonathan Weisman
QUOTE: House and Senate GOP negotiators, meeting behind closed doors last month to complete a major budget-cutting bill, agreed on a change to Senate-passed Medicare legislation that would save the health insurance industry $22 billion over the next decade....Republican congressional lawmakers and leaders are making vital decisions, involving far-reaching policies and billions of dollars, without the public -- or even congressional Democrats -- present.

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