Health Care: Business Asks Who'll Be In Charge

It almost looked as if Hillary Rodham Clinton had a Republican convert for her health-care reform plan. At a recent Capitol Hill hearing, Representative Cass Ballenger (R-N.C.) described the savings he had achieved when his company, Plastic Packaging Inc., and 32 other small North Carolina employers formed an insurance purchasing co-op. An enthusiastic First Lady replied that the health alliances envisioned by the Administration would bring the same benefits to everybody. "Only I would anticipate even greater savings," she said. But Ballenger saw another difference. "We run the alliance," he said. "In the new system, the alliance will run us."

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