Health Care: Dead
Retiring majority leader George Mitchell reluctantly abandoned his Herculean efforts to craft a compromise health-care reform bill and pulled the plug on any such legislation for this year. "The insurance industry on the outside and a majority of Republicans on the inside proved to be too much to overcome," said Mitchell. Senate minority leader Bob Dole countered that "democracy in action" defeated what he claimed was a bad, costly and overly bureaucratic set of proposals. President Clinton vowed to revive the fight next year.
"One could almost conclude not only that no one was watching,...