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Phil Schiliro / Charles Dharapak, AP

President Obama is calling on a former aide to help put his embattled health care law in place.

Phil Schiliro, the Obama administration's top congressional lobbyist during the first term, will coordinate development of the Affordable Care Act between Congress and relevant agencies such as the department of Health and Human Services.

Schiliro left the administration at the end of 2011 and moved with his family to New Mexico.

In a statement, Schiliro said he is returning to Washington because "a law that guarantees coverage to millions of Americans, improves quality, and saves hundreds of billions of dollars is worth fighting for."

Among his new tasks: Battling Republicans who want to repeal the health care law.

Communications and a coordinated public message are other assignments for Schiliro. Critics of the new law's rollout - particularly its malfunctioning website - include some congressional Democrats.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said "we are focused like a laser on reducing health care costs ... and Phil will be vital to ensuring it is done right."



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