The Best of Notable Quotables; December 19, 1994
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- Sore Losers Award
- Honey, I shrunk the Democratic Party
- Oliver Stone
- I Still Hate Reagan
- Apolitical Observers
- Media Hero
- Flatliner Award
- Rodney Dangerfield
- Politics of Meaninglessness
- Clinton Enemies
- You're No Anita Hill
- No Money Down
- Good Morning Morons
- Damn Conservatives
- Iron Curtain Award
- Which Way Is It?
- Dumbest Quote of the Year
- 1994 Award Judges
Flatliner Award (for Brain-Dead Health Reporting)
‚ÄúEveryone is applauding, I think, in the health care community, the emphasis on universal access, because they know that unless they‚Äôre going to let some people just die in the streets, it makes sense to get medical care early, when it‚Äôs going to be more effective and less costly....the insurance companies are the focal point for the dynamics of denial that are part of our present for-profit system.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď ABC medical editor Dr. Tim Johnson, January 26 World News Tonight.
‚ÄúBryant, a Democrat can get insurance reform. It will take a Republican President to get universal coverage to prove that it‚Äôs not a Neanderthal party ten years from now.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert on
Today, September 7.
‚ÄúThe Clinton plan proposes totally free coverage, no co-payment for preventive measures....The single-payer plan, and the House Education and Labor Committee would add free family-planning services and contraceptives for poor women.‚ÄĚ
reporter Ann Compton, May 26 Good Morning America.
‚ÄúMost of the riders saw themselves as missionaries spreading the word about how the current health care system had failed them. Some were Republican, others Democrat; some were against abortion, others supported abortion rights. Most said they were not political. Their main focus was on assuring that every American be covered by health insurance. In their view, the Health Security Express was a nonpartisan effort to persuade Congress to pass legislation that provides universal coverage.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď Washington Post
Health section Editor Abigail Trafford on the Health Care Express,
Reporter Tom Pettit: ‚ÄúOf all of the states, Hawaii has the most coverage, the closest thing to universal coverage, which the President has made the centerpiece of his health plan. Since 1974, twenty years ago, Hawaii has required employers to insure their workers and the state to cover the unemployed.‚ÄĚ
Governor John Waihee III: ‚ÄúWe cover actually about 97, 98 percent of our population.‚ÄĚ
Pettit: ‚ÄúThat is why Hawaii is a paradise, I guess.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď NBC Nightly News story, January 29.