November 19, 1991 |
Congress, moving at a sickeningly slow place, is again giving serious consideration to a weak, stop-gap proposal to improve America's inadequate health care system. With just a little more courage, Congress could also help at least 120,000 coal miners who will be bashed particularly hard by runaway medical costs if nothing is done for them. A proposal to help them has been introduced in Congress by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).
December 19, 1989 |
An influential congressional commission is considering an ambitious health care plan that would require all businesses to provide health insurance for their workers and call on the federal government to pay for the first six months of nursing home care. Businesses would be expected to pay 80% of the premium for insurance offering a specified level of coverage, with workers paying the difference.
May 8, 1991 |
Democratic Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, who had previously ruled out the idea of running for the White House in 1992, said Tuesday that he is now actively considering seeking his party's presidential nomination. His statement, made to reporters here, where he was attending the Democratic Leadership Conference convention, was made only three days after another Democratic senator, Tom Harkin of Iowa, indicated that he was weighing the possibility of entering the race.
June 23, 1991 |
In the slow-to-develop 1992 Democratic presidential campaign, West Virginia Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV's prospective candidacy has just gotten a jump-start. Credit not only his own resourcefulness and the charismatic magic of his family name but also the unintended help of a couple of potential White House rivals--Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and President Bush.
May 24, 1991 |
Two key lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a $24-billion-a-year plan to contain soaring health care costs and provide basic medical insurance to the estimated 33 million Americans who now lack it. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), embraces far-reaching recommendations made last year by a bipartisan commission named after the late Rep. Claude Pepper (D-Fla.).
August 26, 1991 |
AFTER THE COUP: The collapse of last week's coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is expected to make life even more difficult for Democrats in the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign. Not only have the events strengthened President Bush's image as a world leader, but they also have dampened hopes by Democrats that they might be able to skirt key foreign policy issues in the campaign and concentrate on America's domestic problems instead.