As much as I dislike what Obama gave the drug companies, it could be a master stroke in the struggle to get national health care. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/health/policy/09lobby.html?_r=1 The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama‚Äôs health care overhaul, beginning over the August Congressional recess, people briefed on the plans said Saturday. The unusually large scale of the industry‚Äôs commitment to the cause helps explain some of a contentious back-and-forth playing out in recent days between the odd-couple allies over a deal that the White House struck with the industry in June to secure its support. The terms of the deal were not fully disclosed. Both sides had announced that the drug industry would contribute $80 billion over 10 years to the cost of the health care overhaul without spelling out the details.