If You Can't Lick 'Em ...

Now even the insurance industry is pushing a national health-care plan

IT WAS A CLASSIC APPLICATION OF THE ADVICE "IF you can't lick 'em, join 'em." Recognizing that with Bill Clinton's victory, the momentum toward national health-care reform is becoming unstoppable -- and that insurance companies are widely regarded as an iniquitous special interest fighting on the wrong side -- the Health Insurance Association of America reversed its long-standing opposition and brought forth its own plan. Features: through a combination of (unspecified) tax incentives and penalties, the government would require that a standard package of benefits be made available to everybody, including the 35 million Americans who have no coverage now. The...

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