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The title of Hillary Clinton’s health care plan is “American Health Choices,” but how much flexibility would she really permit? Well, to paraphrase her husband, that depends on what the meaning of “choice” is. On Sunday morning, Hillary gave us a glimpse of how she defines the word:
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.
Here’s how she fleshed that out when pressed on the point:
‘I think there are a number of mechanisms” that are possible, including ‘going after people’s wages, automatic enrollment.’
This is perfectly consistent with the Orwellian character of Hillary’s plan. For her, “putting the consumer in the driver’s seat” means a federal statute requiring him to buy insurance. Thus, it should be no surprise that “choice” means ”give us your money or we’ll take it out of your paycheck.”
Some commentators believe this will do Hillary considerable damage in the upcoming primaries, but I doubt it. Most of the people voting in the Democrat primaries are perfectly OK with Hillary as Big Sister. They actually like socialism.
The general election will be a different matter, however. If the Republicans have any sense, admittedly a very big if, they’ll produce lots of ads that show Hillary talking about “going after people’s wages.” If the voters still want her after that, they deserve her.
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+ May 2007
February 11th, 2008 at 6:48 pm
It is amazing to me that people can so blindly believe everything politicians say. There is no such thing as free healthcare. Somebody pays for it. Even in countries where taxes are sky high, socialized medicine is bankrupting the government. Canada is not the only example of a bad system. I come from Finland where patients have to wait a long time for a surgery, and the government dictates what treatments are covered. People go overseas for care if they have the money.
My suggestion is, first of all, to stop allowing all the law suits which will lower expenses. And I am all for investing in preventive care.
Rebuplican or Democrat – let’s be realistic for a change and take some responsibility ourselves. Freebies never help in the long run.