This is an example of trade associations gone wild. The $155 billion isn't real savings. It will come from further insufficient reimbursements to all hospitals but especially the disproportionate-share hospital payments. It will then be doled out to other parts of the proposed reforms as well as support a new “public” health insurance program. Who will pay for this? Employees through layoffs and the taxpayers and patients through what will amount to rationing of care.
Felix M. PillaRetired hospital president and CEOMarana, Ariz.