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AMA Plan for Health Care Reform

Americans Want More Control Over Their Health Care Dollar

It is an honor and a privilege to represent the nation's physicians and surgeons at this prestigious gathering and to think with you this morning about the multiple issues associated with the U.S. health care system; issues of coverage, of access to quality, of availability of high-quality physicians, and a host of other issues.

As I have always been reminded on a daily basis sinceopening a practice back in Hollandale, Mississippi, 40 years ago, every nickel spent on health care in America is paid for by someone; either individuals, or the government, or, in the case of employers, in the form of health care wages, private health insurance.

I also am reminded every day that America has the world's most costliest health care system. The same sys-tem that generates most of the world's innovations in health care.

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