Library releases documents from Clinton years

KEN THOMAS and PHILIP ELLIOTT
Associated Press
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Chief Justice William Rehnquist administers the presidential oath to Bill Clinton on Capitol Hill, Jan. 21, 1993 in Washington. Clinton's daughter Chelsea, left, and wife Hillary look on. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives has released about 4,000 pages of previously confidential documents involving former President Bill Clinton's administration.

The release included memos related to the former president's failed health care reform proposal in 1993 and 1994.

One document from Clinton's health care advisers — written in April 1993 — said it was important to complete "a health reform package that can be sold in a timely fashion."

The papers could shed light on Clinton's presidency and provide insight into a possible future presidential candidate: former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The health care task force led by the first lady failed to win support, and the issue hurt Democrats in the 1994 midterm elections.