Jun 23, 2004
Patients’ Bill of Rights
You’ll be hearing more about this, but as a primer read Mark A. R. Kleiman’s review of Bush’s gymnastics on the subject, and here is Pelosi’s statement from just after the Supreme Court decision was handed down:“Today’s Supreme Court ruling that favors big HMOs over patients underscores what Democrats have known all along: the only way to give every American in every health plan the right to see a specialist, to go to the nearest emergency room, and to hold health care plans accountable when they cause harm, is to pass a real patients’ bill of rights.
“During the 2000 campaign, George W. Bush promised that if he became President, ‘people will be able to take their HMO insurance company to court.’ He touted the law that passed in Texas. But in the case decided today, his Administration actually argued against the Texas law before the Supreme Court. And despite their pledge to complete a real bill, Republicans in Congress continue to delay action on a meaningful patients’ bill of rights.
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