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Francis Collins

Budget deal includes some setbacks for Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Republican opponents of President Obama’s health care law may do better by dismantling the Affordable Care Act piece by piece. Under the budget deal passed by Congress and signed by the president last month, a widely criticized tax on high-cost employer health insurance plans has been delayed and two taxes already being collected

Hamburg to step down as FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will step aside next month after nearly six years at the helm of the agency overseeing many of the nation’s most contentious public policy issues and products representing about 20% of every dollar spent by ­consumers. Hamburg, 59, said her decision to step