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AARP, AFL-CIO AND AMA URGE NATIONAL DEBATE ON HEALTH REFORM

 AARP, AFL-CIO AND AMA URGE NATIONAL DEBATE ON HEALTH REFORM
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Three national associations representing older Americans, labor and physicians today urged a presidential debate on health care reform.
 "We call on the presidential candidates to acknowledge the central importance of the health care issue and to address the five key elements that must be part of any comprehensive reform," said Horace B. Deets, executive director of the American Association of Retired Persons. He pointed to the need for universal coverage, comprehensive benefits, cost containment, quality enhancement and equitable financing.
 "What we need -- what we want -- is not tinkering but fundamental change to America's health care system," said Lane Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO. "And that change should be based on the premise that all Americans should have access to basic medical services at a price they can afford."
 "This truly is an historic alliance," said James S. Todd, MD, executive vice president of the American Medical Association. "We are united in our belief that the existing system is broken. Unless it's fixed, we're at risk of a physical and fiscal disaster."
 The officials invited President Bush and Gov. Clinton to present and discuss their proposals for health reform before a national television audience. They also asked members of their organizations and the media, and all citizens, to press candidates for elective office to detail their views on the five key questions essential to reform. They are:
 1. How would your reform proposal assure that every person is covered by meaningful health insurance protection?
 2. How would your proposal address the fundamental causes of health care inflation?
 3. How would it address the full range of services that are needed, such as drug treatments, long-term care, prevention, and prescription drugs?
 4. How would it protect the quality of our health care?
 5. How would it reduce the rate of growth in current spending, and how would it be financed?
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 /CONTACT: Peter Ashkenaz of the American Association of Retired Persons, 202-434-2560, Dennis Beal of the AFL-CIO, 202-637-5300, or James Stacey of the American Medical Association, 202-789-7419/ CO: American Association of Retired Persons; AFL-CIO; American
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