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The Administration gives some major hints on its health-care reform plans

EVERY MAJOR INITIATIVE OF THE CLINTON WHITE House is preceded by a torrent of leaks testing public reaction. The health-care reform program is being billed as the most fundamental change in domestic policy since the Social Security Act of 1935. So the leaks are becoming a flood. Examples: the Administration wants to ensure generous coverage for mental illness, and it is considering price controls to hold down the costs of extending medical coverage to those not now insured. Options include a short-term freeze on prices charged by doctors, hospitals, laboratories and nursing homes, and a cap on insurance- premium increases. In...

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