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Congressional Letter to the Federation of American Hospitals

Congressional Letter to the Federation of American Hospitals

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House Committee Pressures Health Care Advocacy Groups on White House Meetings
House Committee Pressures Health Care Advocacy Groups on White House Meetings

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FREDUPTON,MICHIGANCHAIRMANHENRYA.WAXMAN,CALIFORNIARANKINGMEMBER
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April18,2011Mr.CharlesN.KahnIIIPresidentandChiefExecutiveOfficerFederationofAmericanHospitals7509thStreet,N.W.,Suite600Washington,D.C.20001DearMr.Kahn:WearewritingtorequestyourassistanceandcooperationonamatterofgreatimportancetoourCommittee.OnMarch23,2010,PresidentObamasignedthePatientProtectionandAffordableCareAct(PPACA)intolaw.ThenegotiationsleadinguptothepassageofthePPACAlastedformorethanayearandinvolvednumerousmeetingsbetweenrepresentativesoftheAdministrationandvariousinterestgroups,includingtheFederationofAmericanHospitals(FAH).
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GiventhesecrecywithwhichtheAdministrationconducteditshealthcarereformnegotiations,thereisasubstantialpublicinterestinlearningmoreaboutthem.OnFebruary18,2011,wewrotetoMs.Nancy-AnnDeParle,theformerheadoftheWhiteHouseOfficeofHealthReform(WHOHR),requestinginformationrelatedtothosenegotiations.Inresponse,onMarch4,2011,Mr.RobertBauer,CounseltothePresident,sentusacollectionofpressreleasesandvisitorlogs"inanefforttoaddress[our]request."Thisinformationwasnotresponsivetoourrequest.AlthoughwewillmostcertainlypursuemoreinformationfromtheWhiteHouse,wearewritingtoyoubecauseamongthematerialsprovidedbyMr.BauerisavisitorlogentryindicatingameetingbetweenFAHrepresentativesandstaffoftheWhiteHouseregardinghealthcarereform.FAH'sinvolvementinthenegotiationsregardingthehealthcarereformle¥islationiswellknown.iAttachedisapartiallistofmeetingsFAHheldwithWhiteHousestaff.
ICarrieBudoffBrown,
JoeBide'!toAnnounceHospitalDeal,
POLITICO,July6,2009;AlizaMarcusandKimChipman,
ObamaPromised
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BLOOMBERG,May11,2009;CeciConnollyandMichael
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WASHINGTONPOST,July9,2009.
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LettertoMr.CharlesN.Kahn
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Page2BecauseFAHworkeddirectlywiththeWHOHR,werequestthatyouprovideinformationregardingFAH'smeetingsanddiscussionswiththeWHOHRandanyotherAdministrationofficialsrelatingtohealthcarereform.TherelevanttimeperiodforallofthefollowingrequestsisMarch2,2009,tothepresent.Pleaseprovidethefollowingdocumentsandinformationwithintwoweeksofthedateofthisletter:1.AlistofeachemployeeorrepresentativeofFAHwhodiscussedreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystemwithanyemployee,detaileeoranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,ortheDepartmentofHealthandHumanServices(HHS).Providealistofyourofficersanddirectorsfor2009and2010.IncludealistoftheindividualsfromtheAdministrationwithwhomFAHrepresentativesdiscussedsuchreformsorchanges.2.Alistofeachmeeting,briefing,ortelephonecall(includingconferencecallsorvideoconferences)regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystem,betweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofFAHandanyemployee,detaileeoranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,orHHS.Pleaseprovidethefollowinginformationaboutanysuchmeetings,briefings,ortelephonecalls;thedate,theduration,thenamesoftheindividualspresentandtheirorganization,office,oremployer,andthesubjectmattersdiscussed.3.Allnotes,minutes,transcripts,documents,summariesoranyotherwrittenorrecordedmaterialspreparedfor,generatedorutilizedduring,orresultingfromeachmeeting,briefing,ortelephonecalldescribedinresponsetorequestnumber2.4.Allwrittencommunications,includinge-mail,regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystembetweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofFAHandanyemployee,detailee,oranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,orHHS.5..Allwrittencommunications,includinge-mail,regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystem,betweenoramongtheemployeesorrepresentativesofFAH,orbetweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofFAHandanyemployeeorrepresentativeofFAH'smembers.6.Allestimatesoranalysesoftheimpactofhealthcarereformlegislationonyourorganizationoritsmembers.Youshouldimmediatelytakestepstopreserveallrelevantdocuments.AnattachmenttothisletterprovidesadditionalinformationonhowtorespondtotheCommittee'srequest.Please
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LettertoMr.CharlesN.KahnIIIPage3contactToddHarrison,ChiefCounselforOversightandInvestigations,at(202)225-2927ifyouhaveanyquestionsaboutthenatureoftheinformationrequestedorthemannerofproduction.Sincerely,
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