Bill and Hill Clinton: Behind Closed Doors

The inside story of how Bill and Hillary Clinton fashioned the health-care plan. Their own aides often battled over the Clintons' approach

The moment Bruce Reed knew for sure that the health-care system was out of whack came in December 1991 when three men in dark suits paid him a visit. Reed, a little-known analyst working in a dimly lit Washington campaign office for dark-horse candidate Bill Clinton, listened politely as the three veteran lobbyists from a major pharmaceutical company pleaded with him to delete price controls from the health-care proposal that Clinton was soon to unveil. "If you guys can afford to send three high-priced lobbyists to buttonhole somebody like me," Reed told his visitors, "then you are charging too much for...

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