“Clinton, Gingrich Unite on Health Care,” by Devlin Barrett, Associated Press, 11 May 2005, http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050511/ap_on_go_co/clinton_gingrich_1 (from Democratic Underground).
Longtime political foes Newt Gingrich and Hillary Rodham Clinton joined cheerfully Wednesday to promote legislation on health care changes, joking that some might view it as a sign of a soon-to-come doomsday.
Clinton, D-N.Y., and Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, appeared outside the Capitol to promote a bill that would modernize medical record-keeping.
The bill — one long-in-coming that moves more record from paper to digital networks — is as boring as it is bi-partisan and important.
Proponents of the measure being offered in the House by Reps. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. and Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., say the bill would greatly reduce the 98,000 estimated U.S. deaths a year caused by preventable medical errors such as misreading a prescription.
Which doesn’t stop Newt from his trademark rhetoric — which is right this time!
“Paper kills,” said Gingrich. “This is not complicated. If you see paper in the health system, it risks killing people.”
Plus, this will be a political affair to remember