Hospital groups plan to lobby against budget cuts

Hospital groups, taken by surprise by late Tuesday's proposal to extend sequester cuts to Medicare until 2023 in order to slash the federal deficit by about $23 million, say they will work to reverse the changes in 2014, The Hill reports. Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), admitted the group was blindsided by the deal, set for fast-track to passage. "My working assumption is this is going to pass; the powers that be have deemed it so," he told The Hill. "There are some trains you can stand in front of but you have to make sure you can jump out of the way because the train is not going to stop." FAH has asked its 1,000 hospital members to contact their lawmakers to oppose the budget deal. Kahn said the group will formally lobby against it in 2014. Article