A Patient's Bill of Rights
Despite these efforts, no comprehensive legislation was enacted. This
year, the Congress will try again. In the Senate, Senators Edward Kennedy
and John McCain have introduced legislation that Senate Democrats intend
For the next eight months, the Online NewsHour will track their efforts
to pass the Patients Bill of Rights through the Senate and the House.
Through periodic reports and analysis, the story of how controversial
legislation moves through the Congress will unfold.
Part I: The Kennedy/McCain Bill Explored will look at what is in the
bill, who supports and opposes it and what are groups doing to influence
the initial committee hearings.
For background on past efforts to enact the
Patients Bill of Rights, click here.