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The Health Care Debate (Congress / Special Interest Groups / History) (Part I) #155017

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 25, 1994
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A week-long series on the health care debate introduced.

(Capitol Hill: John Cochran) The status of health care reform in Congress examined; scenes shown of the Health Security Express business [Health and Human Services Secretary Donna SHALALA, Senator Jay ROCKEFELLER - campaign for universal coverage.] The efforts of Democratic leader Senator George Mitchell to promote employer-mandated coverage and to eventually get a bill through Congress reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(No location given: Tom Foreman) The battle over health care reform and the role of special interest groups in obfuscating the issues examined; excerpts shown from several television ads focusing on special aspects of health care that raise false myths about health care. [Three PEOPLE - offer views on health care.] The myths addressed. [Annenberg Public Policy Center Kathleen Hall JAMIESON - clarifies the choice, the rationing and the cost issues.] The scare tactics in which conservative groups have been targeting older people through fliers detailed; letters from The Seniors Coalition and American Council for Health Care Reform quoted. [Kaiser Family Foundation Drew ALTMAN - analyzes the tactics.] The enormous cost of the ads designed to produce pressure on the American people and politicians noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The historical cases of the debates in the United States over Social Security and federal health insurance for the elderly reviewed; film shown. [In 1935, President Franklin D. ROOSEVELT - speaks about Social Security.] [President Lyndon JOHNSON, Senator Barry GOLDWATER - speak about Medicare.]

Cochran, John;
Foreman, Tom;
Jennings, Peter

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