Health Care: The Logjam May Loosen

It's a crisp October day. Hundreds of doctors, hospital executives, lobbyists, and staffers crowd the White House South Lawn. Members of Congress jostle for prime spots on the dais as President Clinton reaches for a stack of pens and begins signing into law the Comprehensive Health Insurance & Medical Security Act of 1994. Next to him is a beaming Hillary Rodham Clinton. Just imagining this scene brings mist to the eyes of a White House aide. "We will have an extravaganza on the South Lawn, with balloons," he muses. "We will have won."

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