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Subject: Health Care Reform Today 9/21/93
 
The White House
Health Care Reform Today
September 21, 1993
 
*     Here's what the White House will be saying today:  The
unprecedented bi-partisanship will continue with a set of
workshops for members of Congress.  Republicans and Democrats
alike are being given an opportunity to hear from Administration
officials about the Health Security Act of 1993.  Speaking
yesterday at the opening session, First Lady Hillary Rodham
Clinton said:  "Heath care reform goes beyond politics as usual.
It is not a partisan issue..."
 
*     For the first time ever, Republicans and Democrats agree
that every American must have health security...that universal
coverage is not negotiable by either side.  Health care for every
American is agreed upon and will stand and no naysayer or
partisan can drive a wedge between the parties on this critical
principle.
 
*     Dr. C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General, on supporting
the Clinton plan:  "A few weeks ago, I told the President that
without passing a single law or issuing a single regulation, he
had accomplished more in health care reform in the past four
months than all of his living predecessors put together.  And he
did that with a special kind of leadership that is willing to
take on an enormous task.  This kind of leadership also takes
courage because it's a daunting task to face runaway health care
costs, the vexing issue of universal access, the malpractice
mess, the mounting problems of Medicare and Medicaid, the
application of outcomes research, a sweeping reassessment of
medical ethics, to say nothing of rooting out fraud and waste and
abuse and greed."
 
*     The National Association of Private Enterprise, in
surveying it's 38,662 members, found that 73% of small business
owners support reforming our health care system.