When Washington politicians bow to the pressure of well-heeled
insurance company lobbyists, working families lose out. Yesterday's vote
by the Senate against a strong, comprehensive patient protection bill is
just another example of elected "leaders" putting profits above people.
Working families across the country will soon realize just how thin
the so-called protections passed by the Senate Republican leadership
are. How can a law which excludes 100 million Americans, allows
insurance companies to make critical medical decisions, exposes
healthcare workers to retaliation from their employers when they speak
out on behalf of a patient, and denies patients access to specialists
and the right to participate in potentially life-saving clinical trials
be labeled patient protection?
It's a shame that the majority of the Senate Republicans did not
follow the leadership demonstrated by Senators John Chafee and Peter
Fitzgerald in voting to support the real Patients' Bill of Rights
instead of the weak, ineffective substitute which passed yesterday.
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