WASHINGTON -- Not since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 has one bill done so much for so many lobbyists. It's probably no surprise that health care reform has turned into a massive boondoggle this year for anyone representing any special interest even remotely tied to the health care industry. But what some may not realize is that the legislation could Keep lobbyists in fat city for some time to come.
As originally proposed by President Clinton, health care reform would guarantee insurance coverage to all Americans -- but not until 1998. That so-called universal coverage would be paid for by a controversial plan requiring employers to pick up the tab.