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beachmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 12:24 AM
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51. Hillary fought for it from the WH prodding her husband to support it:

But one of the toughest political hurdles still lay ahead.

Republicans had to get Mr. Lott to bend and the Democrats had to prod the President into standing firm on the $24 billion figure and the cigarette tax.

Congressional aides said Mr. Hatch, Mr. Chafee and other Republican Senators, including Alfonse M. D'Amato of New York, had convinced Mr. Lott that the party would find itself in the kind of public relations thicket that had ensnarled House Republicans if they allowed Mr. Kennedy and other Democrats to hammer away at the issue.

Participants in the campaign for the health bill both on and off Capitol Hill said the First Lady had played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in lining up White House support.

But Mr. Clinton did not appear to move on the issue until a meeting at the White House on July 22 with an agitated Mr. Kennedy.

The next day in a ceremony on childhood immunizations, Mr. Clinton committed publicly to fight for the Senate plan with its higher spending for child health insurance.

Kerry wrote the original bill with Kennedy:

Not long before last fall's elections, Mr. Kennedy and John F. Kerry, the junior Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, introduced a bill that proposed paying for health insurance for uninsured children through a tobacco tax, a law that was already in place in their state.

Crazy as it may be, everyone is right. Hillary Clinton and John Kerry were very good on this. Kennedy was KING on it.
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