Crisis? What Crisis?

As medical inflation eases, so does the sense of urgency that Clinton needs to push his revolutionary plan

The latest assault on Bill Clinton's top domestic goal began with 10 words on a Sunday-morning talk show last week. "We do not have a health-care crisis in America," declared Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Senate Finance Committee chairman. His words sent shivers through the White House, where creating a national sense of urgency about health care is regarded as critical to propelling the President's reforms through Congress. As the week progressed, things only got worse. The American Medical Association, it was disclosed, is preparing a plan to lobby for 37 significant changes in Clinton's plan, including the elimination of proposed limits...

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