The Clinton Health Security Act in all its 1,344-page glory is dead. We can mourn with glee.
But as Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Wagner reported in our March 28 cover story, some of the key attractions of the administration's plan will live another day.
Instead of the Clinton plan, let's now refer to it as the Clinton strategy for healthcare reform. Some of it makes good sense and deserves to see the light of law. It's time for Congress to accelerate the debate so it can vote on measures that encourage preventive care, steer physicians to primary care, simplify the insurance claims process, revamp the malpractice system and dictate community insurance rating. Such a reform package is salable and affordable.
Healthcare reform, like Rome, won't be done in a day. Concentrating on key flaws in 1994 will provide the building blocks for future reform triumphs.