Singer Paul Simon urges health care reform
(AP) – 19 hours ago
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WASHINGTON — Singer-songwriter Paul Simon tried to lend a little harmony to the raucous health care debate Wednesday by pushing for a health care overhaul with Democratic leaders of Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid couldn´t resist musical references in the appearance with the popular performer who advocates improving health care for children.
´If there were ever a bridge that we need over these troubled waters, it´s passing comprehensive health care reform,´ Reid said, describing how children have fared in the country´s health care delivery system.
´Bridge Over Troubled Water´ was a hit for the duo Simon & Garfunkel, written by Simon. Simon joined Reid, House speaker Nancy Pelosi and various child advocates to push for health care changes at an event on the Capitol lawn.
Simon co-founded the Children´s Health Fund, which provides medical care for poor and underserved kids. He said the fund believes a health care measure ´would go a long way to fill the gap in health care — the gap that these children live in and suffer in.´
Simon urged lawmakers to improve health care for children: ´Poor kids can´t vote. Neither can they afford to hire lobbyists to plead their cause or to describe their situation.´
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