- June 23 -
Statement by Judith L. Lichtman, President
National Partnership for Women & Families
at the Patientsí Bill of Rights Press Conference,
I am pleased to be here as the leader of more than 180 organizations supporting
REAL patient protections. These extraordinarily diverse organizations
represent millions of Americans who want meaningful and enforceable patient protections
-- basic protections every woman, man, and child in this country deserves.
For the mother seeking medical care for her sick child, the obstacles created
by managed care add frustration and heartache. The denials and delays of managed
care create a particular burden for the woman negotiating health care for herself
and her family. Congress has the power to ease this burden by enacting real, enforceable
patient protections, the kind found only in S. 6, the Patientsí Bill of Rights.
Unfortunately, the Senate leadership is playing an elaborate procedural shell
game with our nationís health care. They have refused to engage in a full and
fair debate, purposely stalling passage of comprehensive managed care reforms.
Americans are tired of elected officials gambling with their health. They want
to know that their health, and their childrenís, is protected. The Senate leadership
is betting the public can be fooled with phony substitutes and fancy rhetoric.
Thatís a dangerous wager -- for all of us.