The Clinton Reducing Plan

Unless he trims its goals, the President's proposal may stall in Congress because of a battle over who pays the tab

Bill Clinton has never really hit it off with Daniel Patrick Moynihan, but now he needs him. That's why the President had to pick up the phone in the White House last Wednesday night and mend fences -- not for the first time -- with the brilliant and unpredictable New York Senator. Clinton called to deny news reports that he was "exasperated" with Moynihan's lack of movement on health-care legislation. Never mind that the reports were accurate and that Senate majority leader George Mitchell shared the President's frustration. Clinton recognizes that Moynihan's Finance Committee now represents the best hope for crafting...

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