He's the Man with the Too Popular Plan

A Tennessee Congressman ruffles the Administration with a centrist proposal that draws bipartisan support

Congressman Jim Cooper is under attack by the White House -- and he's $ relishing every minute of it. "That's a special place of honor," he says. "It's the highest compliment you can be paid in politics." Actually, it's not the soft-spoken Tennessee Democrat himself who has rankled the Administration. It's Cooper's health-care plan, a centrist proposal that has become the clear favorite of the Democratic Leadership Council, the very forum that served as the launching pad for Clinton's assault on the Oval Office. "Who am I? I'm a nobody," Cooper demurs. "But all of a sudden, they're afraid our bill...

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