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As Congress tackles the wild variation in insurance costs, lawmakers debate just how equal to make them

Love 'em or hate 'em, Harry and Louise were at least plainspoken. The fictional TV critics of Clinton's health-care plan legitimized the frustration many Americans feel when they try to make sense of the debate over the intricacies of health care. Now Harry and Louise have been quietly shelved, the victims of a deal involving one of the thornier issues in the battle. In what was probably one of his last acts as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dan Rostenkowski and the fictitious couple's sponsor, the Health Insurance Association of America, agreed to soften one of the planks...

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