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.