With the exception of insurers, the healthcare industry generally applauded the $894 billion healthcare reform bill released by House Democrats.
Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, specifically trounced the inclusion of a public plan, claiming that it would “bankrupt hospitals, dismantle employer coverage, exacerbate cost-shifting from Medicare and Medicaid, and ultimately increase the federal deficit.”
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.”