Patient's Bill Of Rights: Business Gets Out The Scalpel

When Corporate America launched a massive lobbying blitz to block sweeping regulation of managed-care plans in late January, it looked like a loser. HMOs and other employer health plans were on the run as consumers, doctors, and pols cast them as the villains in a new world of bare-bones medicine. The public mood was clear down at the cineplex as audiences cheered Helen Hunt's character in As Good As It Gets when she blasted an HMO doctor for limiting her child's treatment.

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