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On sidelines, health care architect hangs onto hope

John McDonough, who played a key role in state and federal health care bills, would push for Congressional passage, even without GOP support. John McDonough, who played a key role in state and federal health care bills, would push for Congressional passage, even without GOP support. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / February 24, 2010

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NEW YORK - Ted Kennedy was brimming with excitement when he asked John McDonough to a meeting at a Cambridge hotel in early spring 2008. He wanted McDonough, a former state representative and a leading architect of the Massachusetts health insurance overhaul, to come to Washington and help write the health care bill Kennedy had long dreamed of passing. (Full article: 1400 words)

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