President Clinton last week gave federal workers time off to get medical screenings for preventable diseases and advised states on how to help eliminate financial barriers to women seeking treatment for cancer.
"Delay can be fatal, literally," Clinton said in making the announcement at the White House. Women who do not have health insurance are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than women with insurance, he said.
Then, coming nearly full-circle in his presidency, Clinton made another pitch for providing health insurance to all Americans -- an idea that failed when he and his wife promoted it six years ago.
Clinton thanked 180 people from women's and children's health organizations and groups advocating cancer awareness and treatment. The activists were in the audience to celebrate enactment of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Act of 2000.