WASHINGTON -- President Bill Clinton said yesterday that his health-care overhaul plan will aim at gaining control over the top budgetary problem for all levels of government -- spiraling medical costs.

"The hardest part of my job as governor of Arkansas was writing bigger checks each year for the same Medicaid program," Clinton said in a speech before the annual meeting of the National Governors' Association in Tulsa, Okla. He said he had hated fueling health care's double-digit inflation while other government programs were starving for funds.

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