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AFL-CIO RESPONSE TO BUSH HEALTH PLAN

 AFL-CIO RESPONSE TO BUSH HEALTH PLAN
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO issued the


following response to President Bush's proposed health plan:
 President Bush's long-awaited plan to ease the suffering of millions of Americans denied access to health care does nothing but pour salt in their already stinging wounds. The administration's rejection of broad-scale reform in favor of voluntary efforts and incremental reform only serves to postpone the inevitable -- and opens the door for many more years of shattered lives and wasted resources. The nation needs reform that provides access to care for all Americans regardless of income or employment.
 The president's plan misses the mark because:
 -- Refundable tax credits, according to the Bush administration, would provide vouchers for lower income Americans to purchase health insurance. However, they provide no guarantee that all people are protected and may encourage employees to drop coverage, further exacerbating the crisis.
 -- Small-market, malpractice and other small-scale reforms such as tax deductions for health insurance premiums, according to Bush, would provide access and lower costs. However, nothing short of national caps on spending will be enough to ease the damage done to middle-income Americans by years of high health care inflation.
 -- Encouraging the use of managed care without capital budgeting or other cost-control mechanisms, as the president proposes, encourages tighter squeezes on those who need health care, both physically and economically, rather than contained costs. Absent comprehensive strategies, it would further shift costs to working Americans.
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 /NOTE: Health care expert Karen Ignagni will be available to the press for analysis of President Bush's health care proposal at 3:30 p.m. today in the lobby of the AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street, N.W., Washington./
 /CONTACT: Colleen M. O'Neill of AFL-CIO, 202-637-5010/ CO: AFL-CIO ST: District of Columbia IN: HEA SU: EXE


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