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EVEN though President Bill Clinton and his wife are out campaigning for their health care system reform bill, the action is now in Congress. "The Clinton bill is dead," declared Rep Newt Gingrich (R, Ga) addressing some 800 physicians who traveled to Washington, DC, last month to make their views on health system reform known. His was not a lone voice. A string of representatives and senators from both sides of the aisle addressed the physicians, and their message was the same.
Lonnie R. Bristow, MD, chair of the American Medical Association's (AMA) Board of Trustees, summed it up: "Congress is having difficulties dealing with health care system reform." Bristow urged Congress to pass legislation that "guarantees health care coverage without sacrificing high quality of care [or] freedom of choice, and which will protect the physician-patient relationship from corporate interests that put financial considerations ahead of patients."
But if the
Marwick C. AMA 'Reform Event' Reflects Physicians' New Role. JAMA. 1994;271(13):973. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510370025008