Friday, May 13, 2005

Clinton, Gingrich on Health Care - Former foes Clinton, Gingrich band up on health care plan: "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton detected a hint of 'cognitive dissonance' Wednesday as she stood next to onetime political enemy Newt Gingrich to help unveil a bill to 'transform' the health care system.

The 21st Century Health Information Act would replace paperwork with confidential, electronic health information networks designed to save lives and money by eliminating medical errors.

"I know it's a bit of an odd fellow, or odd woman, mix," Clinton joked, "but speaker Gingrich and I have been talking about health care and national security for several years."

A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Clinton noted the two also serve together on a military advisory panel. She recalled the reaction after they agreed at its first meeting. "People thought, 'The end is near.' It's a sign of the end times," she said with a grin. "But I think it's just a sign that we can come together and try to solve a real problem for America."

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