END ISSUE – @ QUOTES OF THE YEAR: THE YEAR IN REVIEW AS THEY SAID IT
"What we are seeing around the country, frankly, is theThis is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
ization of health care ... by large corporations that do not
ties to local communities."
-- Vermont state Sen. Cheryl Rivers, on a proposal to allow
state's first for-profit HMO, 1/5.
"Now my dream is, I would like to see every American have
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1/19.
"The patient who comes in with chest pain but leaves with
'general symptoms' may be out of luck when it comes to
getting his bill paid."
-- American College of Emergency Physicians Pres. Dr. Gregory
Henry, on how insurers reimburse for ER visits, 1/30.
"Frankly, if some nurses want to be physicians, they should
to medical school rather than to the Georgia General
-- Georgia Medical Association spokesperson Priscilla Daves, on
proposal to give advanced practice nurses the authority
to prescribe medications, 2/1.
"If we cannot follow the other advanced economies of the
and ensure that everybody has health insurance, at least we
... to ensure that everybody has access to health insurance."
-- Pres. Clinton, lobbying for the Kassebaum-Kennedy health
insurance reform bill, 2/7.
"The tobacco companies have been looking for a new Marlboro
and they have found him. He already had his hat; he already
his boots and his name is Governor Daniel Kirkwood Fordice."
-- Mississippi Atty. Gen. Mike Moore, on Fordice's attempt to
block the state's Medicaid lawsuit against 13 tobacco companies,
"If Columbia is the McDonald's of the hospital business, OrNda
more like Wendy's."
-- BOSTON GLOBE, on OrNda's entry into the Massachusetts
hospital market, 3/1.
"I've seen CEOs of insurance companies up here ... and most
them have got smiles on their faces. And it scares me."
-- Kentucky state Rep. Larry Clark, on an industry-favorable
designed to overhaul the state's 1994 health reform law,
"The No. 1 thing is that this Republican Congress actually
delivers health care reform. The Republican Congress will
great pride in that."
-- A House GOP aide, on Republicans' commitment to enacting
health insurance reforms, 3/8.
"It's not that Columbia takes actions to avoid uninsured
patients; it just buys hospitals where they're not likely
to walk in the door."
-- Johns Hopkins' Gerard Anderson, on hospital-chain giant
Columbia/HCA's purchasing strategy, 3/11.
"This is the equivalent of a medical arms race, where
are all trying to build bigger and bigger battleships
with better guns."
-- Boston University School of Public Health Professor Alan
Sager, on a recent wave of hospital mergers, 3/12.
"I can only describe them as the Dr. Kevorkians of
-- Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, on Democrats'
to MSAs and other controversial riders contained in the House
health reform plan, 4/1.
"People are not sides of beef to be graded by
the insurance companies."
-- KENTUCKY state Rep. Steve Nunn, on his support for
insurers from considering policyholders' health histories
setting premiums, 4/2.
"It is far easier to assist patients in killing themselves
it is to care for them at life's end."
-- Tracy Miller, former head of the New York State Task Force
Life and Law, warning of the danger of legalizing physician
assisted suicide in an era of cost-controlled medicine, 4/3.
"This reminds me of a modern-day Jesse James. They don't carry
gun -- just an adding machine."
-- Mississippi State Rep. Raymond Comans, voicing his
about HMOs and a proposed Medicaid managed care program,
"In a courageous but foolhardy way, Republicans touched the
rail. This is the Democrats' strongest card."
-- Conservative political strategist William Kristol, on the
of Medicare reform in the 1996 elections, 4/23.
"We hope this is the straw that breaks Joe Camel's back."
-- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, on his
to file suit against the tobacco industry to recoup the
costs of treating smoking-related illnesses, 5/2.
"When have you seen a new regulatory structure that saved
money and enhanced quality?"
-- Association of Connecticut HMOs' Keith Stover, on a
care regulatory bill now before the state Legislature, 5/3.
"It's often said that politics is the art of compromise. If
that's so, this proposal is a Picasso."
-- New York Public Interest Research Group's Blair Horner, on
HMO regulatory bill unveiled by New York Gov. George Pataki,
"[W]hen the pediatricians and the mothers are on one side and
insurance companies are on the other side, that's a
-- WALL STREET JOURNAL's Al Hunt, summing up the political
behind maternity-stay legislation endorsed by Pres. Clinton,
"The government and the American people should tell the
barons to roll up their deal and smoke it."
-- A SYRACUSE HERALD-JOURNAL editorial responding to Philip
Morris' proposal to curb some cigarette advertising in
for the FDA's agreement not to regulate tobacco, 5/24.
"I'm afraid if I leave it might not happen."
-- Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, on the prospects for
of the Kassebaum-Kennedy health insurance reform bill, 6/7.
"At least the doctors have some sense that health care is not
same as widget and beer manufacturing."
-- Medical ethicist Arthur Caplan, on the establishment of a
physician-run HMO in Florida, 6/13.
"We're getting tired of seeing ourselves on 'PrimeTime Live.'"
-- Florida Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay, on a federal and state
collaborative effort to crack down on the widely publicized
of health care fraud in the state, 7/1.
"It's like (merging) Coke and Pepsi."
-- Presbyterian Hospital CEO Dr. William Speck, on the merger
of Presbyterian and New York hospitals, 7/25.
"I overestimated the extent to which a person elected with a
minority of the votes ... could achieve in a sweeping
overhaul of the
health care system when no previous president had
been able to do it for decades and decades."
-- President Clinton, 7/30.
"The public has never learned to expect more than what their
friends and neighbors have told them about how nice a doctor
-- Jackson Hole Group founder Paul Ellwood on a new attempt
provide consumers with information on managed care plans, 8/26.
"HMOs cannot assure us that physicians will, in every
put their patients' interests first."
-- Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, on the need to
managed care's current path, 9/16.
"This is the mother of all motherhood issues."
-- Health Insurance Association of America's Richard Coorsh,
Congressional approval of maternity-stay legislation, 9/25.
"We are going to do it step-by-step instead of trying to do
all at one time so everyone can see that the government is
trying to take over health care."
-- President Clinton, on his current plans for health reform,
"It's an issue that has brought the president back from
the land of the living dead and breathed life into
-- Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Robert Reischauer, on
Medicare reform, 10/3.
"I've had the best health care in government hospitals."
-- Bob Dole, during the 10/6 presidential debate, 10/7.
"We may be in the midst of the most radical medical change in
field since the first arrival of drugs for (tuberculosis)
in the 1950's."
-- California physician Peter Ruane,
on the use of protease inhibitors in fighting AIDS, 10/11.
"We've had an automobile accident on health reform, and
will ever be the same again."
-- Harvard professor of health politics Robert Blendon,
"Three words explain Bill Clinton's doing well in Florida,
his extensive campaigning: Medicare, Medicare, Medicare."
-- PBS' Mark Shields, 11/6.
"There is a shocking disconnection between what people know
it and what is actually happening in the health
insurance system today."
-- Stephen Isaacs, health policy analyst, on a survey that
55% of respondents confused by the term "managed care,"
"The wolf will have been driven away from the hospital
trust fund's door; insolvency won't be looming. And, members
Congress will remember how radioactive Medicare was as they
prepare for the 1998 Congressional elections."
-- Robert Reischauer, on Clinton's two-tier Medicare plan,
"Patients can't become smart consumers of health care as they
would ... shop for a can of tuna -- they are dependent on a
doctor's advice, and health care is not a standard product
coming off the shelf."
-- NEJM editor emeritus Dr. Arnold Relman, on managed care,
"The managed care industry has become the flak-catcher for
the things that Clinton would have been the flak-catcher
-- Princeton health economist Uwe Reinhardt, on the changing
health care system, 11/26.
"Each looks forward to working on health policy in 1997 with
the eagerness of a suspect awaiting an interrogation."
-- Princeton's Paul Starr, on the prospect of compromise
Republicans and Democrats in the coming year, 12/3.
"This could be the next evolutionary stage of health plans. It
could be the model that follows the HMO."
-- HealthPartners CEO George Halvorson, on his group's new
Ultimate Choice plan, 12/6.
"No cocaine cartel, gambling empire or white collar scheme
even approached the damage allegedly done to the state as
in the plaintiff's case."
-- Judge Harold Cohen, on his decision to allow RICO charges
Florida's lawsuit against the tobacco industry, 12/16.
"We still don't have a national system of health care. To
the right to die before you have the right to treatment seems
little bit backward."
-- University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics' Dr.
Caplan, on medically assisted suicide, 12/17.
"If there's anybody who's less loved than the federal
it's the insurance industry."
-- Alliance for Health Reform's Ed Howard,
on AAHP's "Patients First" initiative, 12/18.