Is Hillary Clinton trying to shift talk from Iraq to health care? She's certainly not doing a very good job at pleasing the rabid wing of the Democratic party right now. Her ideas on health care were a disaster in 1993 and I predict they will be a disaster this time. However, there are parts of her plan that sound very interesting (CSM)
Hillary Clinton is the last of the Democrats to launch her health care plan. I'm wondering how much this plan is going to cost, and who is going to pay for it. John Edwards and Barack Obama have already decided their plans would be paid for by eliminating tax cuts on high-income Americans. 'High income' means YOU. Republicans seem to be against a national health care program and in favor of "providing tax incentives that make it easier for consumers to buy coverage from private insurers." Rudy Giuliani is suggesting a $15,000 tax incentive.
The last piece of Clinton's health plan, to be announced in a speech Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, will focus on insuring the uninsured, a segment of the population that has swelled to 47 million people in the US, out of a population of 300 million. According to published reports, citing Clinton aides speaking on background, the senator's proposal would require insurance companies to accept all applicants for coverage and would limit insurers' ability to charge higher premiums because of preexisting conditions.
The plan, these aides and advisers say, would also aim to make health insurance more affordable for those who already have it. She aims to have universal healthcare in the United States by the end of her second term, a goal analysts call optimistic.
Clinton has already unveiled portions of her healthcare plan. They include: a "prevention initiative" to help people avoid contracting preventable conditions, focus on improving care for the chronically ill, establishment of a public-private "best practices institute," easing restrictions drug imports, requiring Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, and computerization of healthcare records.
The Census Bureau Data is Misleading - Analysis of data from earlier Census Bureau and other government reports shows that roughly 7 million are illegal immigrants; roughly 9 million are persons on Medicaid; 3.5 million are persons already eligible for government health programs; and approximately 20 million have, or live, in families with incomes greater than twice the federal poverty level, or $41,300 for a family of four.
GoozNews says the devil is in the details of Hillary's plan. A must read article.