Hillary's Health Plan

John Edwards has his health plan. So do Barack Obama and Bill Richardson. And now Hillary Clinton has her health plan, too.

She announced it Monday. It would provide universal healthcare for every man, woman and child in America. It would cost around $100 billion. It would be paid for by rolling back George Bush’s tax cuts for Americans making over $250,000 a year.

No sooner did Hillary announce her plan than John Edwards and others started sniping: “Her plan’s not as good as mine.”

Republicans Need to Be Careful on Hillary Healthcare

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has learned a few things over the last 15 years.

And if Republicans aren’t careful, she is going to put that knowledge to use to jam a new version of Hillary healthcare down their throats.

First, Hillary’s new proposal is much different — at least, superficially — from her proposal a decade and a half ago. Gone is the big mousetrap, full of government bureaucracy and noxious mandates. Gone is the socialistic decree that nobody’s healthcare can be better than anybody else’s. Gone are the back-room secret meetings and the big imagination of Ira Magaziner. 

Hillary Care, Part Deux

Amid appropriate fanfare, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is set to unveil Hillary Care II in Iowa today. The campaign is not revealing many details about the plan, other than the traditional rhetoric that it will provide universal coverage, more affordable insurance and better care. Whether or not these three goals are compatible would make for an interesting discussion, but one beyond our current scope. Though the details are few, here is what we can predict about what Hillary Care II will mean. We can make these predictions with some confidence after a review of her first disastrous foray into healthcare in 1993 and the woolly liberal rhetoric that we are hearing from all of the Democratic presidential candidates. 

Mexico to Reimburse Nevada for Healthcare?

The Tucson Citizen, a newspaper in Arizona, has a short, albeit intriguing, article stating that the state’s governor, Janet Napolitano, “is closely watching the results of Nevada’s request that Mexico pay the health care costs of Mexicans living in the state.”

Healthcare Squeeze

The passage of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion bill is only part of the story. Combined with the effort to get the federal government to dictate prices to the pharmaceutical industry and the coming efforts to lower the eligibility age of Medicare participants, it is pretty easy to see what is going on here. Add in the Democrats' wholesale attack on the Medicare Advantage program, and the picture becomes even clearer. They're pushing for a government takeover of our healthcare industry. 

Michael Moore Has the Answer

The movie "SiCKO" — I went, I saw, and I was conquered!

Yes, I came out of "SiCKO" more convinced than ever that single-payer is the only solution to America’s healthcare problems.

Come on! We’re the wealthiest country on the planet. Why is it that Canada, Britain, France and even Cuba can deliver healthcare — FREE! — to all their citizens, and we can’t?

Go see "SiCKO" and you’ll know the answer. It’s because of the powerful opposition of insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and big HMOs. 


Oct. 30, 2007
Congress Expands Children’s Healthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bitterly divided Congress came together yesterday to agree to greatly expand a state children’s health insurance program (SCHIP), paying for it with a sharp $4 increase in the tobacco tax. Anti-smoking advocates hailed it as a victory against smoking, predicting that the increased tax would cut smoking by at least 30 percent. Children’s advocates said that an expanded SCHIP program would increase in size by 30 percent.

Three People We Can Do Without

Three people made the news in a big way last week. All received mounds of news coverage. It’s too bad, because none of them really has anything worthwhile to say. It just proves yet again that ours is a celebrity culture where outrageous behavior and opinions are enough to make you famous.

PARIS HILTON got out of jail and gave a one-hour interview to CNN. Unfortunately, she had about 10 minutes of things to say and then began again, and again, and, well, you get the idea. I know she’s an easy target, but her whole life is devoted to personal PR, so she can’t really complain when we focus critically on her. Let’s just say we hope she’ll do more with her life than party the nights away, but we’ll see. Count us as skeptics.

got into another smackdown with the Edwards family, this time with Elizabeth Edwards, who called her during an appearance on "Hardball." In this case, both used the other for their own purposes. Coulter got headlines, yet again, for boorish and quite offensive comments (this time it was something like, “I hope John Edwards gets killed in a terrorist attack.” Ha ha).

Borderline Futility

I'd like to borrow from the debates and ask everyone who thinks the immigration problem is about to be solved to raise his/her hand.

Oh come on: NOBODY? Congratulations, everybody.

But what we're witnessing is not about fixing this problem. It's about politicians trying to finesse the issue ...t rying to make as much political capital as they can and then moving on to something else.

And of course, we in the media, who have the collective attention span of a gnat, are all too happy to move on to something else. I mean, Paris Hilton is out of jail for crying out loud.

And besides, how many stories can we do about the "Human Side of the Immigration Debate" ("This is Maria ... she doesn't want her name used because she is here illegally, etc., etc. ...")?