How Drug-Industry Lobbyists Won on Health-Care

You don't know him (he's a lobbyist), but he may be the biggest winner in health-care reform. So who loses?

Richard A. Bloom

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

In Congress, committee chairmen are known as the old bulls for a reason: it's unwise to provoke them. So it isn't often that you see one get rolled by his own committee — especially when the chairman in question is the formidable and canny Henry Waxman and the issue in question is one that matters a lot to him. But that was what happened on July 31 as the House Energy and Commerce Committee was putting the final touches on health-reform legislation. Waxman's fellow California Democrat Anna Eshoo offered a last-minute amendment that Waxman opposed. Knowing he would lose, Waxman decided...

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