Republicans Are ‘Universally’ Against Hillary’s Healthcare Plan…

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About 47 million Americans are without health insurance, 8 million of those being children. In response, Hillary Clinton unveiled her “American Health Choices Plan,” during a speech at a hospital in Iowa. “Here in America people are dying because they couldn’t get the care they needed when they were sick. I’m here today because I believe it is long past time that this nation had an answer,” Clinton said. “I believe America is ready for change. It’s time to provide quality affordable health care for every American,” ahe went on to proclaim, “And I intend to be the president who accomplishes that goal finally for our country.”

Strong words for someone who tried the same thing in 1994 and couldn’t make it fly, mainly for the same reasons it may not fly this time – every Republican within galaxies reach of her podium opposes it because they fundamentally do not care about the plight of the average American.  The plan calls for “mandated healthcare” much like states that require auto insurance by statute, and would offer tax credits to help pay for the coverage while calculating monthly payments based on income. In other words, the rich would pay more, and the poor would pay less, or possibly nothing. The plan also bars insurance companies from charging higher premiums for those with chronic illnesses, and allows you to keep your current doctor and coverage if you shoose to do so. Of course the conservative reaction was predictable. The rich pay more? Well…we certainly can’t have that now can we? It’s socialized medicine!!!!! Damn communist Democrats! Who do they think they are anyway – helping the serfs?

Here is a brief summary of reactions from the field of 2008 Republican presidential candidates…

McCain:

“I haven’t seen it, but if it’s anything like the last time around where they wanted to have a complete government takeover of the health care system in America with a huge number of new bureaucracies being invented for government, I will oppose it vigorously.”

Romney:

“Hillary Care continues to be bad medicine.”

“In her plan, it’s crafted by Washington; it should be crafted by the states. In her plan, we have government Washington managed health care. Instead, we should rely on the private markets to guide health care.”

Thanks Mitt. If want advice on having a harem, I’ll call you. Let’s leave the important stuff to someone else.  

Giuliani:

“Let’s not have HillaryCare – Hillary in charge of our health care. (Had to clarify what HillaryCare meant I guess…thanks for the heads up Rudy.) “Let’s put people in charge of our health care. (What is Hillary? A reptile?) “And the reality is the only thing that brings down cost and increases quality is a large consumer market, not government command and control. Government command and control only increases costs and decreases quality.” (I couldn’t tell by the $483.00 out of pocket my wife and I pay every month in the lower cost “consumer market.”)

In anticipation of such an acidic response, Clinton noted , “I know my Republican opponents will try to equate this plan with government-run health care. Well don’t let them fool you again…” Clinton went on to say that her plan would allow participants to “keep the doctors you know and trust” while it would expand “personal choice” and keep costs down.

Sounds good to me. Realistically, can it be worse than what is going on now? What do we want – greasy corporate pigs sucking us white in the name of profit as 47 million of us go without, or do we give Hillary, or anything else for that matter, a shot? I say let’s try it. All we have to do now is wait to see if the Republicans try to screw us again in the name of their corporate pay masters?

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Posted on September 18, 2007, in 2008 Presidential Election, Health Care, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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