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interviews Charles "Chip" Kahn III, president of the Federation of American Hospitals, "who has been a major player on the Washington health policy scene for nearly 25 years. As head of the lobbying group representing investor-owned hospitals, Kahn helped negotiate a deal in June among the hospital industry, the White House and the Senate Finance Committee. The hospital industry agreed to $155 billion in Medicare cuts over a decade as long as the reductions did not take effect until coverage of the uninsured occurred. But the industry is still fearful of President Barack Obama's proposals of a public health plan option and an independent commission to have broad authority over Medicare spending" (Galewitz, 8/12).
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