"THE HEART OF THE MATTER"
Guest: President Bill Clinton
Reporter: Aaron Cohen
Host/Producer: Steve Girard
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NEMA: President Clinton is urging Congress to adopt the patients bill of rights created by his special commission on health care...which mirrors House legislation gaining momentum. Aaron Cohen has Health on the Hill...
COHEN: The President wants Congress to adopt a series of reforms aimed at improving health care and countering some of the clout wielded by increasingly unpopular health maintenance organizations. Mr. Clinton swiftly embraced the bill of rights...making his latest foray into the world of health care reform...
CLINTON: There is an emerging consensus in America. While people may not have wanted to bite the whole apple at once in 1994, almost the whole populace wants to keep nibbling away at the apple until we have solved the problems of cost, accessibility and quality.
COHEN: The bill of rights for patients would provide more information about doctors, include more physicians in individual health plans and be more flexible in paying for emergencies. House legislation which is gaining momentum would also allow patients to sue their HMO if it made a medical decision that backfired. Opposition to both measures is fierce from Congressional leaders and the HMOs themselves. For Health on the Hill, Im Aaron Cohen.
NEMA: And Im Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.
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