President Clinton and the Democrats converge on Chicago this week in hopes of driving a stake into the recently rising hopes of the Republicans. Having passed this way once before, we were inspired to look back at earlier editions of BioCentury to relive some of the Clinton administration's big moments in health care.

The exercise was, well, interesting, especially in light of efforts in recent months to work out a bipartisan agreement in the Senate on FDA reform. This has been largely fruitless because FDA Commissioner David Kessler and his champion Sen. Edward Kennedy have found all manner of ways to bog down the legislation.