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Efforts to overhaul healthcare take familiar path

Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2009

Lawmakers working on a major overhaul of the healthcare system have reached a familiar juncture in their effort. Committee chairmen in both chambers are crafting bills they hope will attract the support of moderate Democrats and possibly some Republicans. The situation in many ways follows the path of then-President Bill Clinton's failed bid to extend health insurance to all Americans in 1993 and 1994. Yet the dynamic is different this time, with congressional Democrats appearing more inclined to act decisively on the issue, according to this Wall Street Journal article.