|WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Daschle today
said he was extremely disappointed that Republican leaders have once again
blocked Democratic efforts to provide all Americans with needed patient
protections, including the right to receive emergency health care
treatment and to select their own doctor.
Daschle supported Senator Bryon Dorgan's (D-ND) attempt to add the "Patients Bill of Rights," to legislation currently on the Senate floor saying that the patient protections are too important to Americans to be held up any longer. Republican leaders, however, used parliamentary tactics to once again prevent the Senate from considering the bill.
"Last week, we told Republicans leaders that if they did not bring up the 'Patients' Bill of Rights' before Friday we would add it as an amendment to other legislation. Today, we are making good on our word," Daschle said. "The American people have already waited too long for the Congress to take action to provide them with real, enforceable health care protections. I am extremely disappointed that by blocking this action today the Republicans are telling the American people that they should remain in the waiting room even longer."
Daschle said that the Democratic version of the patient protection bill would:
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