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The Coming Revolution in Healthcare

Market-driven Healthcare Reform

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here to represent the American Medical Association and the nation's more than 800,000 physicians and surgeons.

As I have traveled up and down the nation these last several months, I've listened to a large number of individuals from the President to ordinary citizens in every walk of life. And I've learned a number of things:

First, I've learned that average Americans are in real pain. Two trillion dollars a year is a mighty hefty price to pay for healthcare in this country. A Gallup poll tells us the second most important financial problem households face is healthcare costs, second only to the specter of bankruptcy, itself.

Second, I've learned that 46 million Americans without healthcare insurance constitute not a challenge so much as a national disgrace.

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