Update: Added the new ad as well as the Good Morning America interview.
[Programming notes: Hillary on ABC’s Good Morning America today (7:00 a.m. ET). Additional Hillary events on the calendar today HERE. Don’t forget to sign up for Hillary’s webcast tonight. Hillary also discusses health care and her plan with Anderson Cooper on American Morning (6:00-9:00 a.m.) on CNN and also will be on Morning Joe (Joe Scarborough 6:00-9:00 a.m.) on MSNBC.
Also to see Hillary at SEIU in a non-Youtube video go HERE. If you have not signed up with SEIU you will have to go HERE. The video begins with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Hillary follows after an introduction by nurse Michelle Estrada. [Hint: Resize the video using the option provided at the link to see a larger image and to see the crowd reaction as Hillary walks up to the podium.] Video timing: at 12:15 (12 minutes, 15 seconds into the tape, after the Dance troupe) Michelle Estrada; at 15:15 video of Hillary on the job with Michelle Estrada; at 18:50 Hillary Arrives; at 23:45 Hillary Speaks.
You can also see Hillary presenting her health plan on CNN video HERE]
Hillary is everywhere today on television and in the country, as noted above. Here is why: As the Washington Post noted, Hillary and the Hillary Team were well aware that her plan will be studied and re-studied more closely than the proposals of either Obama and Edwards and, therefore, even the smallest misstep will be greatly magnified.
Instead of introducing a comprehensive plan in a single speech, Clinton’s campaign adopted a three-part strategy. Early in the summer she addressed health care costs at George Washington University; late in the summer she gave a speech in New Hampshire on the need for better quality health care. Today’s address on coverage closes the loop for Clinton.
The thinking behind that tripartite strategy was, according to Clinton aides, to ensure the vast majority of Americans, who do have health coverage, understand what is at stake in the debate. That’s why Clinton started off with a speech on the rising costs of healthcare — a problem almost every American can relate to — before unveiling her proposal for mandated universal coverage.
So far, the reviews are healthy. Maggie Mahar, author of Money-Driven Medicine: the Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much wrote the following intriguing review of the plan:
Clinton doesn’t specify the percentage, but she does seem to understand that if the government is going to mandate that everyone buy insurance, it must be affordable.
The Clinton plan emphasizes choices: Americans can a) keep the insurance they have now, b) buy a new plan from a for-profit insurer, c) pick a plan from the same menu of quality private insurance options that their Members of Congress receive through a new Health Choices Menu, OR d) choose a public plan option similar to Medicare. [emphasis in original text]
This is the exceiting (sic) news: under Clinton’s plan Medicare would be competing with for-profit insurers.
Now we will see whether Medicare can offer better higher quality coverage for less.
(My guess is that the answer is yes.)
Hillary on Good Morning America: