Monday, April 29, 1996

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  • Health Care Reform

    Amy Goodman is joined by Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky to Discuss Health Care Reform which was a top issue in the 1992 Presidential election that brought Bill and Hillary Clinton into the White House. Much attention was paid to the thirty or so million Americans who are uninsured or underinsured and to the skyrocketing costs of medical care. But the Clintons were unable to pass legislation reforming the nation’s health care system. A new book attempts to explain why that effort failed. "The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point" is written by Washington Post columnist David Broder and former Post political reporter Haynes Johnson. We’re also joined by John Canham Clyne, author of "The Rational Option" a book that advocates for a Canadian-style single payer health care system for the U.S. John Canham Clyne is with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.

  • President Clinton provides Whitewater testimony.

    This weekend, President Clinton gave three and a half hours of videotaped testimony to be used in the bank fraud and conspiracy trial of his former Whitewater real estate business partners James and Susan McDougal. The McDougals are accused of scheming to get 3 million dollars in illegal loans. President Clinton is not charged with any wrongdoing in the case but David Hale, a witness for the prosecution, alleges that Clinton pressured him to approve an illegal loan to Susan McDougal.

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