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The drug industry, the American Medical Association, hospital groups and the insurance lobby are all saying Congress must make major changes this year. Television ads paid for by drug companies and insurers continued to emphasize the benefits of a health care overhaul — not the groups' objections to some of the proposals.
"Everybody has issues with bits and pieces of it, but all these groups want to get something done this year."
One of the liberals' main objectives is to include a strong
One of the liberals' main objectives is to include a strong government-sponsored insurance plan in the legislation,
The industry groups have invested heavily to make sure their views get taken into account.
Hopping or weakening the government plan is a top priority for the insurance industry. Other health care interest groups are also leery because the public plan could put a dent in their budgets.
As lawmakers squabble, the groups are focused on how to come out ahead in the end game.