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Backroom health care deals fuel voter anger
San Francisco Chronicle - Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer

Special legislative favors, especially one designed to secure a Nebraska senator’s vote for the embattled health care package, ignited so much public outrage that President Barack Obama is calling them a mistake and House leaders say the bill can’t be resurrected unless such sweetheart deals are scrapped. Obama says Americans were understandably upset by the backroom dealmaking that he called ugly. In a cruel twist, the reaction helped elect a Republican senator in Massachusetts last week, putting the health legislation in peril.

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