If providers and other citizens are confused about where President Clinton stands on universal medical insurance coverage, so, it seems, is he.
Just two weeks ago, Mr. Clinton and other administration officials went out of their way to deny they had changed their definition of universal coverage from all Americans having health insurance to 95% of the population with such coverage.
In a speech to the National Governors' Association last month in Boston, Mr. Clinton defined "functional universal coverage" as "95% or upwards." However, the next day, after congressional liberals threatened to vote against any plan that did not include 100% coverage, Mr. Clinton retreated when he told reporters he did not support a plan that achieved only 95% coverage.
But last week, in a nationally televised press conference, the president said the plan introduced by Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine)-which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would cover 95% of all Americans by the year 2000-would "meet the objectives that I set out in the State of the Union Address, and I would sign it."