A LexisNexis search quickly debunks Bill Clinton's explanation of the failure of his health care proposal.
The first item comes from the Nov. 20, 1994 Washington Times:
But the DLC's growing hostility over the Clinton White House's move from New Democrat ideas really began last fall, when the president unveiled his health care reform plan.
DLC leaders flatly rejected the government-run plan crafted by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying it was an old liberal proposal that could not pass.
At the time, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, a DLC vice chairman, said the plan was "too big, too costly, too bureaucratic."
Publicly, DLC leaders who wanted a cheaper, more market-oriented plan kept their criticism focused on the policy implications of the health care issue. Privately, some of them criticized Mrs. Clinton for pushing the plan on the party and giving Republicans a chance to use it to define her husband as "another big-government liberal."