HCA Spends $210k on Supercommittee Lobbying

Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America spent $210,000 on lobbying the congressional "supercommittee" in the third quarter, according to a Daily News Journal report.

HCA spent $570,000 on lobbying during the first three quarters of the year, just $10,000 less than it spent in all of 2010. The figures are from disclosure forms from the House clerk, according to the report.

The supercommittee is charged with reducing the national deficit by at least $1.2 trillion by Thanksgiving. It began meeting in early September and more than 200 companies are now lobbying the group. The government will make cuts in Medicare payments to providers if the debt-reduction committee doesn't come up with a plan by deadline or if Congress doesn't enact what the committee does recommend.

HCA's lobbying efforts have increased steadily in the past five years. For instance, in 2006 it spent only $100,000 on lobbying.

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