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Clinton finally presents his detailed health-care plan, but he faces an uphill fight, thanks to critics in Congress and increasing public opposition

At last, all the details are on paper. To be exact, on 1,342 pages of paper that President Clinton hand-carried to Capitol Hill. Congressman Pete Stark, a California Democrat, said the next day that he had "stayed up to 4 a.m. but couldn't finish getting through" the proposed Health Security Act he had agreed to co-sponsor. Clinton himself rather plaintively told a Baltimore audience that "my brain aches" from studying the details of his own plan.

Even members of the Cabinet seemed a bit addled. On the morning Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala told a Senate committee the...

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