PHA aims to oust Bau­cus as Se­nate Fi­nance chair­man

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Physi­cian Hos­pi­tals of Amer­ica is de­ter­mined to oust Sen. Max Bau­cus (D-Mont.) from his post as chair­man of the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee. “It’s all about the Se­nate,” said Dr. Michael Rus­sell, pres­i­dent of the physi­cian-owned hospi­tal trade as­so­ci­a­tion, dur­ing its an­nual meet­ing last week in Austin, Texas. “The only way we are go­ing to get any re­lief is to get rid of Max Bau­cus, quite frankly.” Rus­sell said the PHA “con­tin­ues to fight the fight” de­spite the fact that it has not had much po­lit­i­cal suc­cess since lim­its on build­ing new physi­cian-owned hos­pi­tals and ex­pand­ing ex­ist­ing ones were in­cluded in the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act. PHA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor John Richard­son said the group has held fundrais­ers for sev­eral Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Rep. Denny Re­hberg, who is op­pos­ing Mon­tana’s ju­nior se­na­tor, Demo­crat Jon Tester. “We need a Repub­li­can Se­nate,” Richard­son said. “We need Max Bau­cus not to be chair­man.” In an in­ter­view later, Rus­sell said the is­sue “shouldn’t be about Bau­cus, it should be about our pa­tients,” and that PHA sup­ports can­di­dates who be­lieve in com­pe­ti­tion and rec­og­nize physi­cian-owned hos­pi­tals’ track record on costs and qual­ity. So far, PHA has helped raise $50,000 for Re­hberg, Richard­son said. Other GOP Se­nate can­di­dates get­ting PHA sup­port in­clude in­cum­bents Dr. John Barrasso of Wy­oming, Or­rin Hatch of Utah, Dean Heller of Ne­vada and Mitch McCon­nell of Ken­tucky. Hatch would likely be­come the Fi­nance chair­man if Republicans take con­trol of the Se­nate, Richard­son said. The lone Demo­crat get­ting PHA sup­port is Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein of Cal­i­for­nia, a long­time sup­porter of physi­cian-owned hos­pi­tals.

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