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The health care vocabulary of the presidential campaign includes terms such as "socialized medicine," "universal," "comprehensive," "guaranteed," "mandate," "coverage," "care" and "choice." Journalists pick up these terms, weave them in their stories, and telegraph a meaning that politicians want, although it may not be the same as the one in the dictionary. AHCJ President Trudy Lieberman calls on journalists to pin down the candidates and explain what the words mean before we let them get away with a smorgasbord of empty terms.
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