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    Experimenting in the States continued...

    “The president’s proposal pulls the rug out from under safety net hospitals that care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable people. We strongly oppose any plan to cut funding to safety net hospitals,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president of the American Hospital Association.

    In an interview this week, Tommy Thompson, who served as Health and Human Services Secretary during Bush’s first term, endorsed using the states as "laboratories” for health reform, saying Congress has lacked the political courage to tackle the problem

    Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor and possible 2008 presidential candidate, recalled that Congress failed to enact welfare reform in the 1990s until states did it first.

    “The same exact thing is going to happen with the uninsured,” he said.

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