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Hillary Clinton Discusses Health Care Issues

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Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton(D-N.Y.) on Tuesday during a speech at a conference in Washington,D.C., said that U.S. seniors are "not invisible" to her and that aspresident she would seek to reduce long-term care costs, CQ HealthBeat reports. At the conference, sponsored by the Alliance of Retired Americans, Clinton said that many seniors currently cannot afford the cost of long-term care.

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Shealso said that she would seek to end the use of fraudulent practices inwhich companies increase costs or deny benefits to seniors who havepurchased long-term care insurance policies. "We must unravel thedeception of fraudsters and what they do to people," Clinton said. Shesaid seniors should have the ability to file lawsuits against companiesthat misuse their personal information and proposed to establish anational telecommunications database that would help protect seniorsfrom fraudulent practices (Bartolf, CQ HealthBeat, 9/4).

In addition, Clinton said that CMSshould have the ability to negotiate directly with pharmaceuticalcompanies on prices for medications under the Medicare prescriptiondrug benefit and that U.S. residents should have the ability topurchase lower-cost medications from Canada and other industrializednations.

Clinton also said that her health care proposal reduces"costs for everybody, improves quality (of treatment) for everybody andcovers everybody" (Hess, CongressDaily, 9/5). In May, Clinton announced a proposal to reduce health care costs during a speech at George Washington University, and last month, she announced a proposal to improve quality (Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 8/24). She plans to announce a proposal to expand health insurance to all residents in the next few weeks (CQ HealthBeat, 9/4).

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