Focus: Washington: Health care reform is touch and go

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:500
  1. J Roberts

    For 30 years the US has been inching towards universal health care. As Congress finally edged up to the precipice last week it seemed to say, “No thanks. Not now. Maybe next year.”

    Last week the Senate began to debate a specific health care bill - itself a major feat since no health reform bill has ever reached the full floor of either chamber. It was proposed by the majority leader, Senator George Mitchell, who had tried to amend a plan devised by a group of centrist Democrats and Republicans. That group has been the only real hope of a bipartisan …

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