Sebelius: Health Care Industry Will Keep Promise To Cut Costs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she's confident health industry leaders will make good on their promise to slow the growth of medical care costs.

And she also suggested Tuesday that the Obama administration wouldn't hesitate to call them out if they retreat on the promise to slow spending growth by $2 trillion over the next 10 years.

Sebelius was asked on ABC's "Good Morning America" what enforcement mechanism the administration would have if doctors, hospitals, insurers and other industry players renege on their promise to contain costs.

The Kansas Democrat responded that political pressure would be brought to bear, saying a significant aspect of President Obama's election last November "was about changing the health care system."

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