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DID MEETING WITH CLINTON CAUSE FIRING?

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Meeting President Clinton was the most exciting day of Catherine Rosen's life. And now, she says, she's paying a price.

Rosen says she was fired from her bookkeeping job Tuesday, a day after she discussed her health and insurance problems with Clinton."They found out I had a problem and fired me," she said Friday. The White House says it's investigating.

Rosen's former employer, Peter Sharp & Co., said in a statement it had no knowledge of her medical condition or the substance of her meeting with Clinton when it decided to let her go. The Manhattan real estate company said she was fired for unspecified "valid business reasons."

Rosen had written to Hillary Rodham Clinton in support of the president's health-care reform efforts. She was one of three women invited to meet with Clinton after he gave a health-care speech in Manhattan.

Rosen told the president that she had discovered a "potentially life-threatening" breast lump two months ago. The doctor said she needed surgery to determine whether it was cancerous, she said, but she could not afford it.

She had lost her health insurance when she changed jobs, and the real estate company's health policy required her to wait 11 months for coverage of a pre-existing condition.

"I could be dead in 11 months," she said. "I need those health benefits."