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Hatch is `health person' of '97, says Medicine & Health magazine

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, was named as the "health person of the year" for 1997 by Medicine & Health magazine, based in Washington, D.C.

The national magazine said Hatch was chosen because of his work and determination in passing sweeping legislation to provide health insurance for children. He and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., teamed up to increase the cigarette tax and use the money to fund insurance for children who otherwise didn't have any."Hatch was just one player in a large cast," the magazine noted, but he was chosen for the honor "as a symbol of bipartisanship and a central figure in the complex process that led to the year's boldest new venture in reinventing the heath-care system."