Operation Hillary

The First Lady is discovering whether the best way to reform health care is to put the smartest people in a big room and pull a lot of all-nighters

Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared last Thursday to be taking it easy. Her office announced that she had only one meeting planned -- with five female Senators to discuss health care. What her aides neglected to mention, however, was that before that session Hillary had a 45-minute chat with Representative Ron Wyden about the "core benefits" package that Oregon law guarantees its eligible residents. Then came an hourlong chat with Senator Jay Rockefeller, Representative Sonny Montgomery and others about how best to integrate the nation's $14 billion veterans' hospital system into a new national health-care framework. Next she tackled some financing questions...

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