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Clinton sought GOP support for health care

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 18, 2014 at 7:27 a.m. Updated April 18, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.


Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in New York.

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton's advisers estimated in 1993 that they would need at least eight moderate Republicans in the Senate and more than 15 moderate Republicans in the House to pass their ill-fated health care reform bill.

Newly released documents from the Clinton White House show how the president's team tried to build support for a health-care overhaul.

A strategy memo says the plan would require support from enough conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans without alienating too many liberal Democrats.

It identifies several lawmakers as "swing votes," including current House members like Democrats Charles Rangel of New York and Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Republican Fred Upton of Michigan.

Clinton's plan never cleared a House committee.

The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents from Clinton's administration.

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Dontcallmenames says... April 18, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

Fortunately for Dumbocrats, Americans are stupider now than they were back then.

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T6 says... April 18, 2014 at 6:28 p.m.

No DCMN... Bill wasn't from Chicago. Bill didn't know how to play the Chicago way. Thug Obama does and he knows where all the skeletons are in Congress' closet.

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