Overheard at last week's American Hospital Association meeting in Washington:
There is no healthcare crisis in this country, but there is a health insurance crisis.
There is a serious healthcare crisis in America.
If Americans believe healthcare is expensive now, wait until they see how much it costs when it's free.
We may be our brother's keeper, but I don't understand why I should pay more to get less healthcare so that poor people can have it for free.
The Clinton plan is fair and just and offers the best hope for improving quality and bringing down costs.
The Clinton plan is a feast for government-control gluttons. For the American people, it's a disaster in the making.
Politicians have the unenviable job of convincing a majority of Americans that they have a healthcare problem when they don't believe they have a problem.
Only this much is clear: Caution and ambivalence are taking root as Congress begins the tedious task of shaping the future of medicine, American-style.
Healthcare managers, as resident experts in their communities, should remind all interested parties that sacrifice and rationing are the necessary offshoots of restraining spending when more people are provided health insurance. Such is the price of reform.