Update II: Hillary at SEIU Live Webcast HERE – Exciting live webstream of Hillary mobbed and adored and hugged – SEIU – Watch It Live
Update: Hillary’s American Health Choices Plan is HERE.
At the Harkin Steak Fry yesterday, Hillary Clinton said that universal health care is “not only a moral imperative, but an economic necessity.”
On June 11, 2007 we noted Hillary Clinton’s Most Important Healthcare Moment. Here is a bit of what we wrote:
Mark Saturday, June 9, 2007 as one of the most important dates in the 2008 election cycle, and possibly one of the most important dates for Democrats and the Democratic Party in years to come. It is the day Senator Hillary Clinton began to identfy the solutions to the American healthcare crisis as a jobs creation issue.
On Saturday Senator Hillary Clinton went to Detroit, Michigan to speak about health care; to speak about the federal government’s role in helping the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy in general, and the automobile industry in particular. Hillary’s speech grandly echoed the themes of investment in human capital, in education, in business, in our families, in our communities and in innovation sounded in the winning strategy Putting People First.
Why was this such an important moment?
We as Democrats, as progressives, know the value and neccessity of universal health care as a humaritarian issue. We know that universal health care leads us closer to principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence which affirm our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, as well as in the Constitution’s preamble mandate “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”. But not all of our fellow citizens recognize universal health care as inherent or penumbral rights under our founding documents. For those citizens a more “green eyeshade” accountants approach must be used to convince them of the need for universal health care.
We also wrote in words similar to the ones Hillary used yesterday:
The way to unite the poor, the middle class and the titans of business (as well as political independents and even good Republicans) in support of universal health care is by making it clear that universal health care is not only a humanitarian imperative but it is also necessary to create jobs and build strong businesses.
Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney said
“…health costs are a big reason why auto jobs have been moved from the United States to Canada which has nationalized heath care. The wages and pensions paid autoworkers in the two countries are basically the same, he said.
As we discuss health care and the final portion of Hillary’s health care plan let’s keep the economy in mind. When Hillary spoke at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in April, she said: “You know, what is it about us always having to clean up after people? ? But this is not just going to be picking up socks off the floor. This is going be cleaning up the government, clearing out the dead wood.”
The next President will have to have her eye not only on Iraq, but on the economy and on health care. Hillary has a lot of work to do as the 44th President.