Is This the Last Best Hope?

A clutch of Senators comes up with a plan that falls far short of Clinton's dreams, but it may be passable

The bleakest moment for Bill Clinton's No. 1 domestic goal came abruptly last Tuesday. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan suddenly adjourned his Finance Committee in frustration after just one hour of talking about health-care reform. Though two committees and a subcommittee in the House and Senate have already passed reform bills resembling President Clinton's proposal, even the supporters of those plans concede that none have the votes to become law. Moynihan's committee is key, in part because its composition -- 11 Democrats, half of whom are moderate to conservate, and nine Republicans -- closely mirrors the Senate as a whole. If a...

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