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Clinton's plan would cover everyone. Here's how it would work and what it will cost you

Not since Moses came down from the mountain bearing the Ten Commandments, Hillary Clinton joked last week, has a document been so anxiously awaited as her husband's proposal to reorganize radically the nation's ailing health-care system. That plan -- a 239-page brick of plain white paper printed last Tuesday and stamped PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL -- would represent the boldest, most expensive social initiative since the New Deal, bigger even than F.D.R.'s institution of Social Security half a century ago. It would intimately affect the health and livelihood of every American, while shifting billions of dollars in costs and savings among the...

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