What We Need in Health Care

What We Need in Health Care

It is clear that President Clinton will submit a health care reform package to Congress. It even seems clear that
something labeled health care reform will be enacted. What is not clear is what that something will look like.

The first battle will take place within the executive branch, among the various presidential advisers. That battle for the heart and mind of the President is our battle as well.

We who want fundamental change that deals with both access and costs and who want to contain costs by reforming the system, though not by placing the burden of restraint on patients, understand that we cannot be certain of ultimate victory even if the president chooses the appropriate path. We can be certain that if the president submits a measure that merely tinkers at the edges, the Congress will not enact a bolder plan.