Tough Investigator And Universal-Coverage Proponent Rep. John Dingell Dead At 92
Former House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell Jr., D-Mich., who was a fierce investigator of federal agencies including US FDA and sponsor of the Affordable Care Act and other legislation impacting the device industry, died at age 92 Thursday at his home in Dearborn, Mich.
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