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DOLE TO PUSH HEALTH REFORM IN '95

Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole says members of Congress "ought to be whacked" if they don't pass a bipartisan health bill next year.

But he said Wednesday the White House should let Congress initiate the legislation instead of producing a "gigantic package that people don't understand."Addressing the Generic Pharmaceutical Industry Association, Dole was asked about a pollster's suggestion that nothing will happen on health reform in 1995 because the Republicans don't want to hand Clinton a victory.

"I don't see it that way at all," he replied. "We're prepared to be responsible and responsive."

There may be a few Republicans "who don't want to do anything," he said, but there are some Democrats "who want to do everything."