From Patrick O'Connor:
The deal came about after a personal appeal from Stupak’s longtime ally, fellow Michigan Rep. John Dingell, the former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee whose father first offered legislation creating universal health care back in 1943. Dingell helped broker negotiations between an angry Stupak and party leaders at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue when all looked lost. "John Dingell had a piece of me yesterday for quite some time," Stupak said. "He kept me well informed of what I should be doing."