After months of effort, the Clinton Administration has finally won the backing of a business coalition that favors a mandate on employers to guarantee universal health benefits. But the results are falling far short of the hopes of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Wexler Group, the lobbying firm that is coordinating the business effort. The big problem is that coalition members' agreement in support of "an employment-based system" remains very narrow. Staunch supporters of the Clinton plan, such as American Airlines, Chrysler, and Ford, favor the requirement that employers pay 80% of premiums. Major groups such as the Association of Private Pension & Welfare Plans and the American Hospital Assn. shy away from all the details in the Clinton plan. Other companies, including Eastman Kodak, NYNEX, and Sun Co., are looking for middle ground.
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