The 95% Solution

As Clinton's reform heads for a cliffhanger, he turns it over to George Mitchell

George Mitchell knew what he was talking about when he took himself out of the running as a Supreme Court nominee a few months ago. He argued then that it was more important for him to remain in the Senate as majority leader so he could push through the President's health-care plan. At the time, many people assumed that he was also keeping himself available to become major-league baseball commissioner after he retires from the Senate in January. Judging from the health-care proposal he introduced last week, a watered-down approximation of Clinton's universal-coverage plan, he might get to fulfill the first...

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