Bill Clinton campaigned heavily during the 1992 presidential election on healthcare reform that would provide all Americans with access to care. But his contributions to healthcare have not been limited to his failed reform plan of 1993 (See related item, p. 12).
History may well remember the 59-year-old former president for what he has done in the healthcare arena since leaving office. HIV/AIDS research has always been a priority for Clinton. In 1997, when he was still president, he challenged the country to develop an AIDS vaccine within 10 years. He subsequently established a Vaccine Research Center within the National Institutes of Health, with a primary mission of developing AIDS vaccines.
After leaving office, he established the William J. Clinton Foundation, a charitable organization with a focus on health security, among other issues. The foundation brokered deals under which drug companies would sell their products at low prices to some Third World countries.
The foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative helped to reduce the price of medicine and tests by 50% to 70% for people with AIDS, according to the foundation's Web site, clintonfoundation.org.
In September 2004, Clinton underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery. The following year, at an appearance at a New York City public school, he announced he was partnering with the American