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ObamaCare public option was compromised to special interests

Q: A supporter of President Obama could argue, the problems you raise about partisanship didn't prevent health care from being implemented.

LESSIG: Yes, they could say that, but of course, you have to remember when health care was passed, we had a super majority in the Senate and we had a majority in the House. And even health care had to make important compromises to the special interests so drug prices can't be negotiated because pharmaceutical companies said they would spend millions to defeat Democrats and the public option that the president promised was thrown out the window when insurance companies said they would spend millions to defeat Democrats. So even the most important thing he did--and I'm a big supporter of the president, he's been an amazing president--but the most important thing he did is compromised by the corrupt way in which we fund campaigns.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Sep 6, 2015

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