Hospital representatives such as Chip Kahn, president of the Federation of American Hospitals, nevertheless seemed encouraged by what the bill had to offer. Kahn in a written statement said the bill “reflects further progress toward a reformed healthcare system anchored by meaningful coverage for virtually all Americans. Equally important is maintaining a market-based healthcare system, and we are pleased that the bill moves in this direction.”
Lawmakers ultimately decided to base a public option provision on negotiated rates, instead of a system based on Medicare reimbursement, which many provider groups opposed.
J. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association, said the AMA would be carefully reviewing the contents of the nearly 2,000-page legislation. Of even more urgency to the AMA is the separate bill House Democrats introduced that would permanently repeal the Medicare physician payment formula.
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