Friday, January 15, 2010

CQ: Rep Anna Eshoo Takes on Obama Over Data Exclusivity

CQ reports that US Rep Anna Eshoo challenged President Obama over the issue of using the conference committee on health care reform to make changes to items that were, in fact, not in conflict between the two versions of the bill.

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., who wrote the biologics provision of the House bill, asked Obama his position on the issue during a question-and-answer session with House Democrats Thursday evening, and he told her he disagreed with her legislation, a Democratic aide said. She noted that both the House and Senate had voted for it.

“Nothing is sacrosanct,” he told her, according to the aide. “We’re discussing it. I have a great deal of respect for the House and the Senate, but my job is to do what I think is good policy.”

Eshoo, according to her chief of staff, Jason Mahler, responded, “if the president overturns the clear will of Congress on this that it will not only be a bad precedent but a dangerous precedent.”

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