In 1994 Senator Mitchell introduced S 2351, which was adopted by Bill Clinton as the “Hillary Care” bill. The University of Virginia has a summary of the actions surrounding Hillary Care, which can be found here (GoogleDoc Version Page 8).
August 2 Senate Majority Leader Mitchell unveiled a Senate leadership bill. (1994 CQA)
August 4 President Clinton announced that he would support the Mitchell bill. (NYT, 9/27/94)
August 9 The Senate began floor debate on Mitchell’s bill, S. 2351. Republican Senators as a group opposed Mitchell’s plan, and they were joined by a number of conservative Southern Democratic senators. Even at this early date, the Mitchell bill was in big trouble. (CQA, 1994)
Section 21223 of that bill provided for the exact same “Kennedy Clause” language that is in the Blunt Amendment.
`SEC. 21223. PROVISIONS RELATING TO RELIGIOUS BELIEF OR MORAL CONVICTION.
`Nothing in this title shall be construed to–
`(1) prevent any individual from purchasing a standard benefits package which excludes coverage of abortion services, if the individual objects to abortion on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction;
`(2) prevent any employer from contributing to the purchase of a standard benefits package which excludes coverage of abortion or other services, if the employer objects to such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction;
`(3) require any health professional or health facility to perform or assist in the performance of any health care service, if the health professional or facility objects to performing or assisting in the performance of such a service on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction; and
`(4) require any commercial insurance company, Blue Cross plan, integrated health plan, or any other organization that assumes health insurance risk to offer a package including abortion or other services, if the health plan sponsor objects to covering such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) sponsored this legislation on behalf of the Democratic leadership. This Bill was the Hillary Care bill that Majority Leader Mitchell brought to the floor of the Senate. This bill was never voted on, and is the Hillary Care legislation that was proposed.
A direct exemption for employers, allowing them to purchase health coverage that excludes “abortion or other services”.
The Massachusetts Democratic Party, too liberal not only for Senator Kennedy, but Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Hillary Clinton.