Bill Clinton Presses Senators to Pass Health Bill

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WASHINGTON -- Former President Bill Clinton came to Capitol Hill Tuesday to underline for Democrats the political consequences of failing to pass a health overhaul, saying doing nothing was the worst outcome.

Mr. Clinton spoke as both sides in the Senate braced for a battle on the floor. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday that once Senate debate begins, Republicans would offer "a lot of amendments" on subjects from abortion to immigration to a government-run insurance plan.

"This is a big bill," Mr. McConnell told reporters. "The majority seeks to take over one-sixth of our economy."

The appearance by Mr. Clinton, whose own attempt at a health bill failed 15 years ago, reflected the urgency Democrats feel to maintain the momentum behind the bill following its narrow House passage Saturday and signs of a tempestuous debate ahead in the Senate.
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