In Reality

IN REALITY, you had better check that with Hillary, Mr. President. The Clinton plan keeps private health insurance but eliminates the agents who now sell it. And this is not a small group: There are 215,000 agents who principally handle health coverage. Under the Clinton plan, more than 70% of the population--including the unemployed, self-employed, and workers at companies with 5,000 or fewer employees--would be legally required to buy their insurance only from regional health alliances established by state governments. Agents who now sell to individuals and small-business owners would be wiped out.

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