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October 6, 1993

Draft of Clinton's Health Reform Plan Draws Cheers, Boos, Polite Applause

JAMA. 1993;270(13):1513-1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510130015003

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NOT UNEXPECTEDLY, the preliminary draft of President Clinton's plan for reforming the nation's health care system—which was widely leaked nearly a week before the president officially presented the plan—drew mixed reactions. Although some health experts refrained from commenting on the draft until the president addressed Congress on September 22, others had a lot to say.

"We think the president has done a good job and that he's off to a good start," says Robert Graham, MD, executive vice president, American Academy of Family Physicians, Kansas City, Mo. "We think that it is a very comprehensive and competent document and that it is exactly what is needed to initiate the debate in the Congress to get us a reform package. Like most groups, we don't necessarily agree with every approach and nuance of the proposed plan, but we will reserve our comments about specific strategies until we see the legislative specs."