A Republican physician in Congress has asked the White House to disclose more details regarding healthcare reform negotiations between the administration and hospital and pharmaceutical groups.
“It has now been over four months since the White House announced numerous deals with major stakeholders in the healthcare debate to save upwards of $2 trillion in the healthcare system,” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), who chairs the party's Congressional Health Care Caucus, wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama. “Little to no details regarding the negotiations have been released, and recent actions and press reports have reminded me of the importance of openness and transparency throughout the legislative process.”
One of the deals mentioned involved the American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals and the Catholic Health Association agreeing to $155 billion in cuts. Burgess questioned whether these negotiations were in the best interest of the public. “Will smaller stakeholders suffer more from our policy choices because of what larger groups may have negotiated behind closed doors?”