Key players in healthcare were among those who lost their seats in the 2006 midterm elections. Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.), chairwoman of the House Ways and Means health subcommittee and one of the architects of the Medicare Part D prescription-drug bill, lost her bid for a 13th consecutive term to Democratic challenger Chris Murphy. Others who lost their seats include Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr. (R-Fla.), who pushed for medical-malpractice reform and broadening insurance coverage options, and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a member of the Senate Finance healthcare subcommittee. Democrats, who became a majority in the House after picking up 28 seats, said they plan to push through legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies, shield Medicare and Medicaid from efforts to privatize the programs and reintroduce an embryonic stem-cell research bill.
Elections change healthcare players
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