News Digest September 19-27

NATION

Health Care: Taking It Public

President Clinton made a passionate appeal to a joint session of Congress last week as he laid the groundwork for rebuilding the nation's health-care system and guaranteeing coverage for every American. The President finessed the financing details but did say his plan would be funded in part by increased cigarette taxes and a surtax paid by self-insuring companies. Days earlier, Senator Daniel Moynihan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, had labeled the Administration's hope of financing the plan mainly by means of Medicare and Medicaid cuts "a fantasy."

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