Health Reform: The Moderates Have Taken The High Ground For Now

They've waited a year for this moment. Congressional moderates now have their best chance yet to seize control of the health-care debate. The centrists are poised to push through limited but realistic legislation that could let President Clinton claim victory on most of his reform goals. But Capitol Hill's Democratic leaders pose a huge hurdle for the bipartisan effort. The party's mandarins can't make much headway with their own ambitious plans, but they might let reform die rather than give in to the middle.

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