Hillary On Healthcare

When asked who they trust on healthcare in the latest Hotline poll, 62% of Democrats say Hillary (13% Edwards, 10% Obama). Yesterday Hillary delivered a plan on how to reduce healthcare costs.

Hillary, as she did well over a decade ago when she tried to reform the healthcare system, explained the need for cheaper drugs, generic drugs and negotiated prices of drugs covered under Medicare. Hillary also said “As president, I will end the practice of insurance company cherry-picking once and for all by allowing anyone who wants to join a plan to do so and prohibiting insurance companies from carving out benefits or charging higher rates to people with health problems.”

Hillary yesterday began the rollout of her full, well thought out plan, nurtured by years of experience, decades of experience, on the healthcare issue. The complete plan has three components: cost reduction, improved quality, and universal insurance.

Regarding her experience with the issue Hillary said this: “Now, I’ve tangled with this issue before, and I’ve got the scars to show for it,” Clinton told an auditorium packed with medical students and doctors at George Washington University. “But I learned some valuable lessons from that experience. One is that we can’t achieve reform without the participation and commitment of healthcare providers, employers, employees and other citizens who pay for, depend upon and actually deliver healthcare services.”

Hillary’s cost reduction component of her healthcare plan can be summarized like this:

“Building a national consensus around these cost savings is the first crucial step to cover all Americans with quality, affordable healthcare,” Clinton said. “Our present system is outdated, ineffective, and unsustainable. But we know we can spend far less and create an efficient, high-quality health care system for all Americans. The key is to modernize our health care infrastructure and demand a better return on our investment.”

1.Create a Groundbreaking National Prevention Initiative to Reduce the Incidence of Such Diseases as Diabetes and Cancer that Impose Huge Human and Financial Costs

2.Institute a New “Paperless” Health Information Technology System

3.Transform Care of Today’s Chronically Ill Population to Improve Outcomes and Decrease Costs

4. End Insurance Discrimination to Help Reduce Administrative Costs

5.Create an Independent “Best Practices Institute to Empower Consumers, Providers and Health Plans to Make the Right Care Choices

6.Implement Smart Purchasing Initiatives to Constrain Excess Prescription Drug and Managed Care Expenditures

7.Put in Place Common-Sense Medical Malpractice Reforms

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