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AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT CLINTON'S ECONOMIC PLAN

 CHICAGO, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Hospital Association (AHA) issued the following statement by AHA President Dick Davidson regarding President Clinton's economic plan:
 With President Clinton's speech, the move toward health care reform took on new energy and momentum. In the context of repairing the national economy, the president asked for a shared sacrifice by all Americans, including hospitals. His goals of deficit reduction, more jobs and economic growth are the right ones -- ones hospitals share. We know firsthand the effect the economy has had on the communities we serve.
 In the short term, the interim measures the president has proposed to cap increases in Medicare payments to providers will create genuine hardship, particularly to many rural and urban hospitals already in financial peril. Today, two-thirds of the nation's hospitals must subsidize the cost of treating Medicare patients. That proposal will have to stand the test of fairness.
 But in the long term, the most important point is that Mr. Clinton linked these stop-gap actions directly to the need for health care reform. The critical message he delivered to the American people was his steadfast commitment, indeed passion, to real and fair health care reform.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Gaidamak of the American Hospital Association, 312-280-6129/


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