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Health care reform: a competing flavour from Tennessee

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 12 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:436
  1. J Roberts

    Jim Cooper is a little20known congressman from Tennessee. But it is he, rather than President Clinton, who appears to be guiding US health care reform. Three weeks ago President Clinton20opened the 1994 session of congress with an expected demand for an overhaul of the US medical system. And in a surprise statement meant to rally the public he promised congress, “If the legislation you send me does not guarantee every American private health insurance that can never be taken away, you will force me to take this pen, veto that legislation, and we'll come right back here and start all over again.”

    In the audience Mr Cooper must have looked carefully at the pen in the president's left hand. Like Mr Clinton, Mr Cooper is a former Rhodes scholar who calls himself a “centrist Democrat.” Unlike …

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