Patients Who Care is a non-partisan educational organization. It cannot endorse or support any political candidates. However, it's vital that every patient reading this newsletter does get involved in the upcoming elections.
The next Congress and President will be making major decisions on health care issues. As you read on the first page of this newsletter, Medical Savings Accounts are finally being put into law. However. only 750,000 policies are being allowed. This must be greatly expanded in the next Congress so all Americans have this choice.
Other issues include making sure that HMOs and other managed care companies don't continue their practice of putting gags on physicians so you don't know all your medical options. HMOs also shouldn't be allowed to have financial incentives that reduce needed care or referrals to specialists.
The 1996 elections are right around the corner. In the next few weeks, there'll be a number of candidate forums and other opportunities to ask questions of candidates for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Among the questions that should be asked are the following:
Candidate answers to the above four questions will tell you if that candidate supports quality medical care and patients' rights.
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