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Bridge to the 21st Centu22 - it died without a vote in...

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Bridge to the 21st Century The Clinton and Bush II years The effort to achieve a national health plan proved to be a far larger setback. The  administration set up a large task force, chaired by Hillary Clinton. Composed of  prominent policy intellectuals and political activists, it labored in secrecy for months to  develop a plan that would provide medical coverage for every American. The working assumption behind the plan was that a government-managed “single- payer” plan could deliver health services to the entire nation more efficiently than the  current decentralized system with its thousands of insurers and disconnected providers.  As finally delivered to Congress in September 1993, however, the plan mirrored the  complexity of its subject. Most Republicans and some Democrats criticized it as a  hopelessly elaborate federal takeover of American medicine. After a year of discussion, 
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Unformatted text preview: it died without a vote in Congress. Clinton was more successful on another matter with great repercussions for the domestic economy. The previous president, George Bush, had negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to establish fully open trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Key Democratic constituencies opposed the agreement. Labor unions believed it would encourage the export of jobs and undermine American labor standards. Environmentalists asserted that it would lead American industries to relocate to countries with weak pollution controls. These were the first indications of a growing movement on the left wing of American politics against the vision of an integrated world economic system....
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