By Julian Pecquet - 06/30/11 01:00 PM EDT
The hospital lobby is appealing to its members to help raise funds for a nationwide campaign against Medicare and Medicaid cuts in the debt-ceiling talks.
The strategy is outlined in an executive briefing of the American Hospital Association's hospital government relations officers network, obtained by The Hill. It seeks to prevent hospital payment reductions in any "down payment" while minimizing and delaying future payment reductions called for by caps or other automatic cut mechanisms.
The hospitals are also pressing for revenue raisers, including a tax cap on employer-provided health benefits and taxes on junk food.
The AHA's fundraising appeal for coalition advertising is aimed at hospital systems, freestanding hospitals and associations.