Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Hillary Clinton, once President Barack Obama's political foe, emerged as his top ally on what would become his signature policy achievement: revamping the U.S. health care system.

She quietly advised administration officials and lawmakers uneasy after a summer of attacks by the small-government Tea Party movement, according to the book "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton." (Crown, 440 pages, $26.)

"A member or two may have stopped and asked me what I thought," Clinton is quoted in the book as saying. "And I thought, 'You need to work with the president and try to get this done.'"

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