Health Care: Anguished Testimony

Anguished Testimony

After arriving by train from Florida, George Bergalis wheeled his emaciated daughter Kimberly into a packed hearing room in the Capitol. Her speech slurred and voice shaky, the terminally ill 23-year-old spent only 15 seconds describing her ordeal to lawmakers. But her message was shattering. Bergalis, who contracted the AIDS virus from her dentist, is leading a crusade to require that all health-care workers be tested for the virus to prevent infection.

"AIDS is a terrible disease that we must take seriously," she said. "I didn't do anything wrong, but I'm being made to suffer like this. My life has been...

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