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Why do we need massive health care legislation

Editor’s note: If health insurers, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and others are offering such tremendous savings in health care, why do we need massive legislation, massive new taxes and mandates of various sorts? Doesn’t it strike anyone as curious? These entities are in the sights of the government for what they must perceive as much larger cuts and so they are bargaining for a better deal. So who is going to pay the incremental amount? I think the taxpayers of this country better get to Capitol Hill and strike their own deal before it is too late.

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U.S. Hospitals Offer $155 Billion for Health Reform

Boston Globe
July 07, 2009

Three major hospital associations have offered to contribute about $155 billion over 10 years to help pay for a U.S. healthcare overhaul, The Washington Post reported on Monday, citing industry sources.

The agreement with the Obama administration and leaders of the Senate Finance Committee was expected to be announced on Tuesday by Vice President Biden, the newspaper said.

Two hospital sources said most of the savings — about $100 billion — would come through lower-than-expected Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals, the Post reported.

About $40 billion would be saved by slowly reducing the subsidies paid to hospitals to care for the uninsured.

The Post said White House officials declined comment.

A source close to the negotiations said agreement was reached after discussions about the “shared responsibility” of the entire health-care system, the report said.

Two weeks ago, the pharmaceutical industry offered some $80 billion in prescription discounts over the next decade to help defray the cost of healthcare reform proposals.

The reported agreement with the hospitals comes as the U.S. Congress resumes efforts to find common ground on the huge and costly healthcare overhaul that is President Barack Obama’s top legislative priority.

Lawmakers are struggling to meld five separate healthcare bills into versions that can pass the Senate and House of Representatives by the August 8 start of a month-long recess.

They are trying to trim costs, find ways to cover a price tag of $1 trillion or more, and gather Republican support for a Democratic-backed government-run public insurance option to cover about 46 million uninsured Americans.

http://www.ahiphiwire.org/News/Default.aspx?doc_id=345155&utm_source=7/7/2009&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HiWire_Newsletter&uid=TRACK_USER

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July 7, 2009 - Posted by | Cost, Economics of Health care, Federal Government, healthcare, Transparency | , , , ,

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