Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton plans to roll out the third and final piece of her health reform platform on Monday, using a Des Moines, Iowa, hospital as backdrop for a speech expected to be on universal health coverage.
The New York senator, who famously tussled with an overhaul of the healthcare system in 1993, has taken a slower approach than some candidates in unveiling her reform package, and has saved what is likely to be the most controversial pieceextending coverage to the 47 million uninsured Americansfor last.
In May, Clinton announced a price-control initiative that would place a heavy emphasis on prevention and wellness programs, as well as better chronic-disease management. And in August, Clinton raised the curtain on a quality initiative, which, in part, banks on an overhaul of the current reimbursement system and the use of federal dollars to help ensure that physicians stay up-to-date on the latest medical advances.
The incremental rollout has been done on purpose. In order to forge a consensus on universal healthcare, we need to assure people theyll get the quality they expect at a price they can afford, Clinton said during an Aug. 23 speech at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H. And my recommendations to control costs and ensure quality lay the groundwork for insuring everyone.
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