July 15, 1999
WASHINGTON---Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles helped pass a Patients' Bill of Rights Plus to ensure current and future generations continue to have access to the best quality health care in the world. The measure passed the Senate 53-47.
"I think we came up with a very good, very defensible package. One that's proven to make positive contributions for affordable, quality health care for all Americans," said Nickles.
"We've been working for a year and a half, meeting with health care experts trying to figure out how to improve quality health care without dramatically increasing the costs and increasing the number of the uninsured. Our goal was to implement a positive, significant improvement in health care for America--this bill does that."
Nickles chaired the seven-member Republican Task Force on Health Care Quality, which wrote the Patients Bill of Rights Plus. Providing the following new protections:
Tonight's vote defeats a competing big-government, one-size-fits-all health plan proposal that would increase health care costs, cause Americans to lose their health insurance and put a massive federal bureaucracy between patients and their doctors.