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As Congress struggles with meaningful health care reform to meet President Obama's timeline, help from other venues will be needed and appreciated.

The announcement that hospitals will give up $155 billion over 10 years in expected payments from Medicare and Medicaid is huge. The savings, plus the $80 million pledged last month from pharmaceutical companies, will go a long ways in holding down the bill for health care reform to taxpayers below $1 trillion.

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