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Fed Candidates/Officials: Senator Clinton Promotes CAM Office PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Fed Candidates/Officials: Senator Clinton Promotes CAM Office

Summary:  Single issue politics. Where do your candidates for the US Senate or US House of Representatives stand on CAM-IM? Have they spoken or promised positively? Do they have records of past support at the state or local level? Or, to paraphrase Dr. Suess, have they said: "I do not like this thing called CAM/ I do not like this CAM-IM"? This IBN&R project was stimulated by an email from a reader named Hillary, with a photo of her and an elected official named Hillary. Send info about your candidates and officials: .

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US Sen. Hillary Clinton and IBN&R informant Hillary Davis
On June 19th, US Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was the keynote speaker and panel moderator at a healthcare forum on Long Island. In her opening remarks, Clinton said:

"You don't really have a way of bringing together the very best minds because, for many doctors, that is something they can't do all that often because if they don't do what is reimbursable, they don't get paid or their institution doesn't get paid.

"So this is an area that really needs a lot of careful thinking. Any idea about what needs to be done to try to make healthcare more patient centric and more integrated to avoid some of the problems will be listened to. In the '90s, I pushed for a CAM office within the NIH. I think we need to think about this again."

These notes were taken down by IBN&R reader Hillary Davis and sent to IBN&R with a copy of the photo, snapped in a photo op for the IBN&R informant shortly after Senator Clinton's remarks. The Senator reportedly noted Ms. Davis' first name and said: "We Hillaries have to stick together."

Comment:  One historic, note on Senator Clinton. By an odd coincidence of politics and publication, the report on the consumer use of CAM, led by David Eisenberg, MD, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine on January 28, 1993, hit the media smack in the middle of the belabored, secretive and yet very visible Clinton health reform effort. That effort was led by then then First Lady.

Bolstered by the published evidence of consumer interest and dollars spent, advocates of the potpourri not-yet-called "CAM" and not-yet-conceived-as "integrative medicine" requested a voice in the national debate. The Office of the First Lady, out of which the health reform effort was managed, or mis-managed, duly sent out invites to two dozen leaders nationally. A meeting was held, in the White House, in March of 1993 - the first significant
federal recognition of the consumer-led phenomenon, perhaps the seed, or germ, of the CAM office which Clinton is still suggesting, and which the White House Commission on CAM Policy (another Clinton initiative) recommended.

Coming soon: Jon Tester, Democrat and candidate for the US Senate seat held by US Senator against Conrad Burns (R-MT).



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