WASHINGTON -- A key member of Congress yesterday challenged President Bill Clinton's decision to give the states a leading role in his national health-care reform plan.

"I don't believe states should be given primary responsibility to enact, implement, and enforce the provisions of the national plan," said Rep. Pete Stark, D-calif., the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee's subcommittee on health, which has jurisdiction over most of the health plan.

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