While there will be some new members in both the House and Senate in the next Congress, one legendary health player was defeated. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) lost after serving in Congress for 40 years. The top Democrat on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee since 1985, he may be best remembered for a body of law frequently referred to as "the Stark law." This collection of laws, passed in 1989 and 1994, was designed to prevent physicians from referring medical tests to centers in which they have a financial interest. It is expected that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) will replace him in the next Congress as the ranking member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. Rep. McDermott is a psychiatrist.
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