News Flash! Politicians Cover Their Rears!

Some legislators are hedging their bets on the health-care debate by co- sponsoring more than one of the three most prominent proposals: the Clinton bill; its chief rival, the Cooper bill (similar to the President's but without universal coverage); and the McDermott bill (nationalized health care).

Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D., Conn.)

Co-sponsor: Clinton, McDermott

Rationalization: "My basic call is that there are a number of approaches to solve this problem."

Rep. David Minge (D., Minn.)

Co-sponsor: Clinton, Cooper

Rationalization: "I wanted to support more than one to show my commitment to ((health-care reform))."

Rep. Patsy Mink (D., Hawaii)

Co-sponsor: Clinton, McDermott

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