There’s truth in the adage “Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk.” This week, the Clinton campaign continues to talk the talk, but has somehow tripped (OK, fell on its face) over Hillarycare … I mean, healthcare. Although HRC pronounces it as her passion, news reports out this week indicate she has left $292,000 worth of her own employees’ health insurance premiums unpaid.

What Hillary seems to have forgotten was that “free” healthcare isn’t really free — someone has to pay for it, and in this case, it’s her. If her presidential campaign budget can’t handle the cost of healthcare on this small scale, how does she expect taxpayers to manage that same health program for all Americans? When you stop and look at the litany of domestic programs she’s proposing and the billion-dollar price tags that come with them, I suspect she’s not too worried about paying the bills.

I would like to say the sheer irony of promising healthcare to every man, woman and child in this country, yet neglecting her own staff, is laughable. But it’s not. There’s nothing funny about a presidential candidate’s priorities. It is his or her mantra that is supposed to draw our eyes and win our hearts. Yet this effort appears calculated only to win votes, and how the details get worked out (or the costs, for that matter) is inconsequential.

The notion of free and affordable healthcare may sound good to the liberal ear, but nothing in life is really free, no matter how many times you call it “moral” or label it a “fundamental right.” No one, including Hillary, has a problem putting their name on the back of the check, but someone (i.e., the American taxpayer) has to sign the front as well. Universal healthcare with a single-payer system is flawed. And Sen. Clinton is writing one check that no American I know wants to help cash.

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