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Clinton Wants Mandatory Health Care
Echoes Edwards plan for state-managed socialized health care

Steve Watson

day, Sept 17, 2007

Hillary Clinton has emulated John Edwards in unveiling a $110 billion health care reform plan that would require by law that all Americans have health insurance.

Both Edwards and Clinton have said that under their presidency every citizen in the U.S. would have to enroll in a state-managed socialized health care system where regular check ups, including mental screenings, would be mandatory.

The vision of an America where every citizen is forced by law to participate in health screenings overseen by the government should set stark warning bells ringing.

The level of micromanagement and the expansion of government into everyday life this would entail represents the antithesis of the founding principles of a constitutional Republic and the free market.

There is also concern that such a mandate would be too financially burdensome for lower-income individuals and families

Clinton attempted to dispel such worries, reducing the debate to a left-right paradigm stating "I know my Republican opponents will try to equate this plan with government-run health care. Well don't let them fool you again," explaining that her plan would allow participants to "keep the doctors you know and trust" while it would expand "personal choice" and keep costs down.

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While aides stress that no new federal bureaucracy would be created under the Clinton plan it offers expanded versions of two existing government programs: Medicare, and the health insurance plan currently offered to federal employees. Consumers have a choice between either government-run program.

Both Clinton and Edwards propose covering the cost of their plans by ending tax cuts to people who make more than $200,000 per year.

Clinton has said that her healthcare system would ensure lower premiums and higher quality, and lessen the power of drug and insurance companies over healthcare choices. This is difficult to believe however given that Hillary openly admits to accepting campaign contributions from powerful health care groups, drug companies, insurance companies and their lobbyists.

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During her tenure as First Lady, Clinton was at the forefront of a similar and extremely unpopular socialized medicine plan that became known by critics as "Hillarycare".

One editorial in the Washington Post by University of Virginia Professor Martha Derthick stated:

"In many years of studying American social policy, I have never read an official document that seemed so suffused with coercion and political naivete ... with its drastic prescriptions for controlling the conduct of state governments, employers, drug manufacturers, doctors, hospitals and you and me."

U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan added "anyone who thinks [the Clinton health care plan] can work in the real world as presently written isn't living in it."

The plan ultimately collapsed under the weight of opposition and the fact that the Republicans won the 1994 mid terms.

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