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Obama, interest groups to launch health reform plan

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  1. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    By Jeffrey Young
    Posted: 05/10/09 09:01 PM [ET]
    President Obama will announce an initiative Monday that the administration says will reduce national healthcare spending by $2 trillion over 10 years.

    A coalition of six interest groups representing healthcare companies and a labor union are behind the plan. Their chief executives will meet with the president Monday to present him with a written commitment to cut the rate of growth in healthcare spending by 1.5 percentage points each year for 10 years.

    According to a senior administration official, that would translate into annual savings of $2,500 for a family of four after five years. Over time, slowing the growth of healthcare spending at this rate would “virtually eliminate the nation’s long-term fiscal gap,” the official said.

    “We cannot continue down the same dangerous road we’ve been traveling for so many years, with costs that are out of control, because reform is not a luxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait,” Obama will say at the announcement.

    The White House provided few details about how the savings will be achieved and acknowledged that, as a voluntary effort by private sector entities, there is no formal means of enforcing their pledge.

    Nevertheless, the administration hyped the actions by these interest groups and described it as a sign that old foes of health reform are standing behind the president’s drive to enact comprehensive legislation during his first year in office.

    The proposal “fundamentally aligns these major provider groups with the president’s goal of getting health reform done this year,” a senior administration official said during a conference call with reporters Sunday.

    America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Medical Association, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the American Hospital Association, the Advanced Medical Technology Association and the Service Employees International Union approached the White House with the proposal, a senior administration official said.

    “These groups are voluntarily coming together to make an unprecedented commitment,” Obama will say. The administration made no concessions on its health reform platform in exchange for the cost-cutting proposal, according to the administration.

    The specific means the interest groups intend to employ were not explained Sunday. The administration did offer some examples, however, that closely match elements of what Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is expected to include in his legislation, such as reducing insurance company paperwork, “bundling” a single payment to hospitals and other providers that collaborate on a treatment and adding Medicare payment incentives to encourage providers to coordinate the care they provide patients with chronic conditions.

    Many of the policies the interest groups will endorse Monday require legislation to put into practice, a senior administration official noted. “This is really dependent on getting reform done,” the official said.

    Despite promising a massive effect on healthcare spending, however, the proposals to be unveiled will not much help Congress overcome one of the biggest obstacles to health reform: how to pay for it.

    “I would not anticipate that [the Congressional Budget Office] will quote-score-unquote” the proposals as providing large savings to the federal budget, the official said.

  2. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    No details? Big shocker. Obama will mandate the cuts and the total amount spent on health care from private companies only to replace it with something 10 times more expensive run by the government. That is how Obama math works. What about quality of care? I notice the unions are involved. Whenever unions and Obama are in the same story, the tax payer is going to get screwed.
  3. PosterChild

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    WASHINGTON—The Senate approved William Corr as deputy secretary of health and human services.

    Mr. Corr, who worked for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids until January and was a lobbyist for the organization until September, was approved by unanimous consent Tuesday evening. His nomination and the ties between the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and pharmaceutical companies was the subject of a Wall Street Journal story Monday.

    Mr. Corr has worked for powerful Democrats, including Rep. Henry Waxman of California and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He also worked as chief of staff at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration.

    "Bill Corr's policy expertise and management experience will be invaluable as we work together to manage the Department and pass and implement comprehensive health reform," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.



    So, Obama appoints a pharma insider-lobbyist to serve directly under HHS Sec Seblilus, and will be intrsutmental in crafting hc reform.

    There we have it, the era of lobbyist running politics is over, over i tell ya! Change.
  4. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    This may buy Obama time because he doesn't have the money to pay for the expansion he enivisons.
  5. Jordan55

    Jordan55 Active Member

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    Just the facts, you don't spend money you don't have, is it possible we have a failed stimulus program

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the economy performing worse than hoped, revised White House figures point to deepening budget deficits, with the government borrowing almost 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year.

    The deficit for the current budget year will rise by $89 billion to above $1.8 trillion -- about four times the record set just last year. The unprecedented red ink flows from the deep recession, the Wall Street bailout, the cost of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill, as well as a structural imbalance between what the government spends and what it takes in.

    As the economy performs worse than expected, the deficit for the 2010 budget year beginning in October will worsen by $87 billion to $1.3 trillion, the White House says. The deterioration reflects lower tax revenues and higher costs for bank failures, unemployment benefits and food stamps.

    For the current year, the government would borrow 46 cents for every dollar it takes to run the government under the administration's plan. In one of the few positive signs, the actual 2009 deficit is likely to be $250 billion less than predicted because Congress is unlikely to provide another $250 billion in financial bailout money.

    The developments come as the White House completes the official release of its $3.6 trillion budget for 2010, adding detail to some of its tax proposals and ideas for producing health care savings. The White House budget is a recommendation to Congress that represents Obama's fiscal and policy vision for the next decade.

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