Health-Care Providers Pledge to Try to Curb Costs

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WASHINGTON — Major health-care providers are planning to pledge Monday to President Barack Obama that they will work to reduce cost increases in the nation’s health-care system by $2 trillion over the next decade, officials said.

The move shows how the private sector is eager to appear cooperative as Congress tries to pass major health-care legislation by the summer. Opposition from many parts of industry, including doctors and health insurers, helped kill President Bill Clinton’s plans for overhauling health care in the early 1990s.

One of the biggest challenges for the new legislation is finding a way to pay for Mr. Obama’s goal of expanding coverage to every American. Costs are already rising rapidly in a system that doesn’t guarantee coverage for all.

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