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Report: Health Care Leaders Dispute Obama's Description of Cost-Cutting Pledge

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by ABQCOWBOY, May 15, 2009.

  1. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    President Obama said Monday that six major health care organizations pledged to "cut the rate of growth of national health care spending by 1.5 percentage points each year, but three days later those organizations said they never committed to specific annual cuts and that the president's description of their promises has their members up in arms.

    FOXNews.com
    Friday, May 15, 2009

    President Obama touted cost-cutting proposals made by health industry leaders as "historic" earlier in the week but insurance companies and hospitals reportedly now say he considerably overstated their promises to reduce spending.

    The president said Monday that six major health care organizations had pledged to "cut the rate of growth of national health care spending by 1.5 percentage points each year -- an amount that's equal to over $2 trillion."

    But three days later, The New York Times reported that those organizations said they never committed to specific annual cuts, just to cut spending gradually, and that the president's description has their members up in arms.

    "There's been a lot of misunderstanding that has caused a lot of consternation among our members," said American Hospital Association President Richard J. Umbdenstock told the Times. "I've spent the better part of the last three days trying to deal with it."

    According to the Times, White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle first said "the president misspoke" but later retracted that statement saying, "His remarks correctly and accurately described the industry's commitment."

    Click here to read more on this story from The New York Times.
  2. Temo

    Temo Active Member

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    You linked a Fox News summary of NY Times reporting? :p

    I read it this morning actually, sounds like Obama was exaggerating on this one. Or it's a political ploy to put more pressure on industry groups. I suspect if the latter was his plan it's already failing, as they don't seem very pressured at all.

    The actual promise was that they would "squeeze health spending so the annual rate of growth would eventually be 1.5 percentage points lower."
  3. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    This goes back to the 3.5 million jobs he was screaming he was going to save and when asked about it, it just became air. This is no more no less what you have been witnessing since right after the election.

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