The Bush administration’s health agenda this year will consist largely of fending off Democratic lawmakers until a new president and Congress take charge.

In a preview of what’s ahead, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says the administration will work to limit the government’s role in the delivery of health care. That goal is at odds with several Democratic proposals, such as giving the health chief the power to negotiate drug prices and greatly increasing enrollment in federally sponsored health insurance for children.

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