Humorist Bill Maher says making "real progress" in Congress comes from "dull patient plodders" like Henry Waxman, the inspiration for and first recipient of Maher's new Baldy Award. | Source: YouTube

TV Humorist Bestows “Baldy” Award on Co-Author of 340B Law

Humorist Bill Maher, host of HBO’s long-running Real Time with Bill Maher program, on Friday “honored” former U.S. House Energy and Commerce Chair Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) with a new award for unheralded public service—the Baldy. Waxman was a driving force behind the enactment of the 340B law and one of its staunchest defenders in Congress.

“Making progress—real progress that actually changes the lives of real people—comes mainly from dull patient plodders who put in their 10,000 hours mastering the details of public service,” Maher said. “It comes from people trapped in tiny rooms at 3:00 a.m. with stale pizza and cold coffee, crafting laws line by line that few will ever read or thank them for. I know it’s not the sexy answer but change comes from people who look like this,” he said, holding up a golden bust of Waxman, who is bald.

Humorist Bill Maher, host of HBO’s long-running Real Time with Bill Maher program, on Friday “honored” former U.S. House Energy and Commerce Chair Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) with a new award for unheralded, dull public service—the Baldy. Waxman was a driving force behind the enactment of the 340B law and one of its staunchest defenders in Congress.

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