Lege Artis Medicinae

[The Clinton health programme]

BILL Clinton

JANUARY 27, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(01)

[The US healthcare system has the potential to provide the best care in the world for all its citizens. Yet, because of the way it is currently financed and organized, the system is plagued by two problems: spending is growing at an unsustainable rate, while Americans cannot be sure they will have access to health care when they need it. We cannot afford four more years of political stalemate. We must reform our health care system to ensure that affordable, high-quality health care is available to every American family. My platform provides a framework for this reform, and as President, I will work closely with providers, consumers, employers and government to achieve our shared goals.]

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