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Medical Groups Blast HMO Ad Campaign


But Ignani counters, saying, "This [broadening the power to sue the health plan] isn't the right way to solve health care problems. That's what the message is."

Meanwhile, Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., the co-author of the tough patient protection bill that passed the House last year, praised the AAHP for endorsing a national reporting system for medical error, saying it could be a "great opportunity" for moving forward with negotiations over his plan.

Many have expressed that they feel it's necessary to address the issues of medical error and patient protection. In his Wednesday news conference, President Clinton once again urged swift passage of the bill of rights. And, through a spokeswoman, Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., one of the conferees on the bill and a transplant surgeon, says he too is concerned about medical error. However, he doesn't want that to detract from passing a bill of rights.

Click here to see a transcript of the AAHP commercial and more information.


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