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Invited Commentary
October 25, 2000

Ensuring Access to Health CareThe Gore Plan

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Mr Gore is Vice President of the United States of America.

JAMA. 2000;284(16):2110-2111. doi:10.1001/jama.284.16.2110

Nearly 4 decades ago, President John F. Kennedy said, "One true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Whenever the miracles of modern medicine are beyond the reach of any group of Americans, for whatever reason . . . we must find a way to meet their needs and hopes."

Every day in America, we are making scientific and medical breakthroughs that would have been unimaginable just a few short years ago. Our doctors, nurses, medical researchers, and health care professionals are the best trained and most able in the entire world. But still today, their care and the best of modern medicine are too often beyond the reach of too many Americans. We cannot expect our doctors and nurses to meet this challenge alone. The professionals who are out there each day fighting on the front lines to save lives and improve health cannot be expected to meet this challenge without the resources they need to do their job.

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