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BETHLEHEM STEEL RESPONDS TO REQUESTS FOR COMMENTS ON CLINTON'S PROPOSED HEALTH CARE PLAN

 BETHLEHEM, Pa., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to requests from the media for comment on President Clinton's proposed Health Care Plan, Bethlehem Steel (NYSE: BS) today released the following:
 Bethlehem Steel supports Clinton's six basic principles for Health Care Reform:
 -- Security of coverage for all Americans
 -- Simplicity of administration
 -- Savings in cost
 -- Choice for consumers
 -- Quality standards
 -- Responsibility by employers and employees
 Bethlehem commends the President and the First Lady for their bold leadership in addressing the critical need for comprehensive Health Care Reform.
 Bethlehem has actively supported comprehensive Health Care Reform and supports the efforts of the National Leadership Coalition for Health Care Reform which has developed a broad plan for reform. A number of features ofh?e National Leadership Coalition Plan have been included in President Clinton's Plan.
 Bethlehem supports the president's call for universal access to care and believes that working Americans should be covered through their employers, and non-working Americans, regardless of their circumstances, should be covered by a public plan along the lines proposed by President Clinton.
 We agree with the president that cost control is an essential element in health reform. Bethlehem supports the use of global budgets or expenditure targets to control aggregate growth in health costs. We believe that the use of regional all payer rates is an appropriate way to control costs and eliminate cost shifting.
 Health Care Reform has the highest priority for Bethlehem Steel. We will be studying and evaluating the details of the President's Plan.
 We will be working closely with the Clinton Administration and the Congress in their efforts to promptly achieve the comprehensive reform our health care system so desperately requires.
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