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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Not True That Thousands Died for Lack of Health Insurance, Critics Say

By Pete Winn

Last month, when she announced her $110-billion health-care reform plan, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), said, "Each year, 18,000 people die in America because they don't have health care. Let me repeat that. Here in America people are dying because they couldn't get the care they needed when they were sick."

Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, a principal critic of Clinton's ill-fated health care reform proposal in the 90s, takes issue with the way the statistics are being utilized to suggest there is a health care insurance crisis.

McCaughey, chairwoman of RID - the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths -- put the numbers in perspective. Relative to the 18,000 deaths, "five times that many people die from hospital infections each year -- and most of them do have coverage," she said.



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