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1. Henry Waxman doesn’t *care* what President Obama said.

2. Howard Dean: No tort reform for fear of trial lawyers.

3. Sen. Tester (D, MT) ‘meh’ on public option.

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1. Henry Waxman doesn’t *care* what President Obama said.

And he wants to make sure that the pharmaceutical companies understand that, too. The House Energy Chair intends to retroactively remove what Waxman calls a ‘windfall’ involving Medicare D drug charges, and never mind what either the President or PhRMA thinks.

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2. Howard Dean: No tort reform for fear of trial lawyers.

You know, this admission may have justified the entire town hall thing, right there.

Here’s the quote:

"This is the answer from a doctor and a politician. Here’s why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that, the more stuff you put in it, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on. And that is the plain and simple truth."

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3. Sen. Tester (D, MT) ‘meh’ on public option.

It apparently doesn’t excite his interest either way.

This is actually worse news for health care rationing proponents than if Tester was adamantly opposed to public/government option; it demonstrates that not only is he indifferent to what many progressive Democrats consider to be a make-or-break part of the bill… but Tester thinks that he can get away with saying so in public. Which he probably can, at that.

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