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 October, 2000

Patients Rights (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 31, 2000

Both Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush say they support a patients' bill of rights, and both make the issue part of the daily stump speeches. But while Gore has been very specific about his support for a bill that is stalled in Congress, Bush has kept avoided talk of too many details. As NPR's Julie Rovner reports, Bush's generalities about the issues sometimes conflict with one another, but not so much as to roil voters.

Health Insurance (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 30, 2000

NPR's Julie Rovner compares the health insurance plans of Presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush. Both offer some form of tax credits for uninsured people to obtain coverage. Some analysts say the tax incentives are structured in such as way, that they may not substantially reduce the number of people who don't have health insurance.

The Senior Vote (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition - Saturday, October 14, 2000

Scott visits senior citizens in Miami, Florida to hear their feelings on the 2000 election. Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore have campaigned frequently in Florida. Both candidates recognize the importance of courting the senior vote and have dueled in the presidential debates over their competing plans for social security and Medicare.

Senior Citizen Issues (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 12, 2000

This year's election has focused on many issues of concern to the elderly -- social security and prescription drug costs among them. Those topics came up again in last night's presidential debate. NPR's Eric Westervelt watched the debate with senior citizens at Pennswood Retirement Community outside of Philadelphia and got their reaction.

Prescription Drugs (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 6, 2000
NPR's Julie Rovner reports on efforts on Capitol Hill to develop a "patients' bill of rights," which seems unlikely to be approved this year. Negotiators also are working on a "drug reimportation" bill, which would make it easier to import US made drugs after they've been exported, and sell them at lower prices than drugs intended for the US market. The drug bill's chances of becoming law are unclear. It is attached to a popular agriculture measure, and has a better chance of survival than if it stood alone.

 September, 2000

Campaign Ads on Prescription Drug Issues (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 21, 2000

NPR's Julie Rovner reports on the campaign ads of Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush on the issue of prescription drugs.

Gore In the Valley (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 20, 2000

The presidential campaign took a turn for the ugly today, as the two campaigns swapped charges and ads. Republican George Bush accused Democrat Al Gore of "changing his tune" on Hollywood and having a tendency to "make up facts." The Gore campaign fired back with an ad accusing Bush of making up his facts of his own in a negative television ad. NPR's Andy Bowers is in Sunnyvale, California, where Gore today talked about his plan for making prescription drugs more affordable.

Gore-Private Medical Records (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 20, 2000

NPR's Andy Bowers reports from Los Angeles on Vice President Al Gore's commitment to keeping medical records private. At a town meeting, the Democratic candidate discussed with the audience problems with medical information being sold to drug companies or other businesses. Gore says as president, he'll work to make these kinds of disclosures illegal.

Medicare Proposals (14.4 | >28.8)
Morning Edition, September 15, 2000
NPR's Joanne Silberner reports on political plans to help Medicare recipients pay for prescription drugs. The new Republican proposal would have states use federal money to help low-income seniors.

Candidates and Health Care (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, September 9, 2000

Host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's Julie Rovner about the health care proposals from presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush. Rovner says that while Universal Health Care Coverage was the buzz word in health care reform some years ago, there's been little mention of it this election season - except from Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.

Bush and Health Care (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 5, 2000

Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush proposed today that low-income seniors receive prescription drugs for free. Bush also said that all seniors ought to have a choice of plans that would pay up at one fourth of their drug costs, either by government program or through private insurance. Steve Inskeep, traveling with the Bush campaign, filed this report for NPR News.

 August, 2000

Healthcare: The Campaign (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, August 30, 2000

Peter Kenyon of NPR News, reports from Erie, Pennsylvania that Texas Governor George W. Bush is defending his state's record in providing health insurance for children. A federal judge in Texas has ordered the state to improve its enrollment in a healthcare program for poor children. Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore has been pressing the Republican candidate for details of his health care plan for the nation. But Governor Bush is not being rushed. He says he'll have details of the plan after the Labor Day holiday. He goes on to criticize the Clinton-Gore administration for being ineffective on this issue for the past seven years.

Gore in Albuquerque (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 29, 2000
NPR's Anthony Brooks reports that Vice President Al Gore took his campaign to Florida and launched a fresh attack on drug companies for their lobbying power in Congress. Today Gore is in Albuquerque focusing his attention on health care for children.

Gore In Florida (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, August 28, 2000
Vice President Al Gore toured a neighborhood pharmacy in Tallahassee Florida, then met with about 150 senior citizens to talk about prescription drug costs. Gore told the seniors they ought to demand details from his presidential rival, Texas Gov. George W.Bush, who says he wants to help make prescription drugs affordable for all seniors. We hear excerpts from the campaign today.

 July, 2000
AMA vs. GOP (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, July 18, 2000
The American Medical Association's recent moves on Capitol Hill -- like its advertising campaign targeting vulnerable Republican senate seats -- have demonstrated little love for the Republicans on whom they once relied. NPR's Julie Rovner reports on the growing rift between the AMA and the GOP.

 April, 2000
Bush - Health Care (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, July 18, 2000
In the past two days, Texas Governor George W. Bush has unveiled billions of dollars in spending programs to help low income families afford housing and health care. NPR's Peter Kenyon notes that Bush, once again campaigning as a "compassionate conservative," is setting a course at odds with his record in Texas.

 February, 2000
Defining Campaigns With Health Care
Morning Edition, February 29, 2000
Morning Edition examines some of the issues central to this year's presidential primaries, beginning with health care. NPR's Julie Rovner reports that, with no economic or foreign policy crisis, all four leading candidates are using the issue of health care to define themselves.

 January, 2000
Reaction to Democratic Debate
Morning Edition, January 6, 2000
NPR's Anthony Brooks reports on reactions to the first debate of the New Year between democratic presidential candidates Bill Bradley and Al Gore. The two candidates squared off last night in New Hampshire, where the presidential primary is less than a month away.

 November, 1999
Bradley's Health Care Proposal
Morning Edition, November 9, 1999
From member station WBEZ in Chicago, Shirley Jahad reports on Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley's speech. He spoke before the American Public Health Association in Chicago about health care and defended the cost of his plan.

 October, 1999
Democratic Health Care Proposals
All Things Considered, October 27, 1999
NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports on the Democratic presidential candidates' plans for health care. One is very expensive and claims to cover millions; the other is more incremental.

Health Care Reform Debate
Morning Edition, October 6, 1999
NPR's Brian Naylor reports the health care reform debate will take place in the House over the next two days. Both Republicans and Democrats say they want to make changes in the health care system, but most don't agree on how the reform should be carried out.

Assessing Democratic Health Care Proposals
All Things Considered, October 4, 1999
NPR's Patricia Neighmond compares the health reform plans of the Democratic candidates for president, Vice President Al Gore and former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley. Both say they want to significantly reduce the number of Americans without health insurance. But the plans take somewhat different approaches to that end.

 September, 1999
Bradley's Insurance Plan
Morning Edition, September 29, 1999
NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports from Los Angeles on the health insurance proposal announced by Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley yesterday. Under the Bradley plan, Americans would have medical insurance from birth to old age; premiums for middle-income earners would be federally subsidized; and the government would fully pay the cost of insuring low-income families.

 February, 1999
HMOs Court Republican Candidates
All Things Considered, February 3, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports from Concord, New Hampshire, that the managed health care industry is trying to dissuade Republican presidential candidates from blaming HMOs for problems in the nation's health care delivery system. The American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) is conducting a public relations campaign in New Hampshire in advance of next year's presidential primary aimed at convincing potential Republican presidential nominees that 'HMO bashing' is not in the Party's interest.

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