The Week July 31 -August 6

NATION

Health-Care Maneuvers

While President Clinton attempted to turn up the heat on Congress with aggressive health-care campaigning, Senate majority leader George Mitchell finally put his cards on the table and released his much anticipated compromise bill. Mitchell proposed to cover 95% of Americans by the year 2000 through a combination of voluntary measures, insurance reforms and federal subsidies -- with an employer mandate only as a last resort. The Mitchell blueprint, embraced by Clinton, was immediately blasted by Republicans for doing too much and by Democratic liberals for doing too little. House Democratic leaders fretted that the watered-down package might...

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