The 1996 Health Care Legislation
By Charlotte Twight
This article appeared in the Winter 1997/98 issue of The Independent Review.
Although passed by Congress with overwhelming support, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (a.k.a. Kennedy-Kassebaum) created new federal powers whose inclusion in the Clinton health care plan had helped defeat it just three years earlier. The Acts passage, like Medicares, shows how controversial proposals can be successfully repackaged by incrementalism, misrepresentation, and tying them to popular reforms.
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