A Chance to Be Heard

Two vital issues -- health care and welfare reform -- will preoccupy Congress in the coming months. TIME offers a digest of key proposals under consideration and invites you to use the attached postca

HEALTH CARE

NO FEWER THAN FIVE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ARE health-care policy. The plan proposed by President Clinton calls for strict government regulations and market reforms to extend health insurance to all Americans. It would be paid for by higher cigarette taxes and mandated employer contributions. Because the bill has been criticized as being too sweeping and too costly, some congressional Democrats have been working to forge a compromise version of the President's proposal that would take into account elements of rival plans. An alternative that is palatable to many conservatives, proposed by House Democrat Jim Cooper of Tennessee, would rely on...

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