Hillary Clinton has a UNIVERSAL health care plan — all Americans are covered.
Barack Obama has a health care scheme that leaves out 15 million Americans.
Hillary Clinton asks a substantive question to Obama: Who would you leave out?
The former first lady used Isabella’s story to illustrate her opposition to rival Barack Obama’s health care plan, which she claims would leave 15 million people without coverage. Obama has repeatedly said his plan is comprehensive.
“Who do we leave out?” Clinton asked the 150 Iowans huddled in the restored 19th century Simpson Barn in suburban Des Moines Monday. “Shannon’s daughter Isabella? She has a deteriorating condition — should we leave her out?”
Obama is offering a Sophie’s Choice health care scheme which abandons 15 million Americans — but Obama deceptively says he is offering a Hillary type UNIVERSAL health care plan. Little wonder that Paul Krugman wrote: Which brings me to a big worry about Mr. Obama: in an important sense, he has in effect become the anti-change candidate.”
With health care as the subject of much of the overt conflict between Clinton and Obama, he’s got his harshest mailing of the cycle, which aims both to make his case on policy grounds and to attack Clinton for attacking.
Sen. Barack Obama is sending mail in New Hampshire attacking Hillary on health care and falsely claiming that his health care plan covers everyone.
The mailer selectively excerpts a passage from The Washington Post. The full quote actually explains that experts believe 15 million people would not be covered under Sen. Obama’s plan and describes who those people are:
Experts say that without a mandate, many Americans would still not have health insurance, and the picture of who those millions are is an interesting one.
So the 15 million people without insurance under Obama’s plan would be a combination of relatively well-off people who choose not to purchase health insurance and people who qualify for public programs like Medicaid who don’t sign up. It could be a struggle for Clinton to find someone who wants health insurance but doesn’t qualify under the Obama plan, because it’s not clear such a person exists.
Most health care experts want those 15 million to get health insurance even if they aren’t asking for it, a point Clinton nodded to when she said Medicare, the health program for the elderly, works in part because “everybody is required to be in.”
Experts agree that Sen. Obama’s plan leaves 15 million people without health insurance. It’s telling that misrepresenting The Washington Post, which also has editorialized that Sen. Obama’s plan would leave at least 15 million without coverage, is the best the Obama campaign can do to support their position.
The mailer also claims that Hillary previously praised Obama’s plan. Actually, Hillary has noted that Obama’s plan would fail to cover every American since the day he announced it. From the New York Times:
Rival Democrats, recognizing the stakes on this signature issue, responded quickly, arguing that because Mr. Obama would not require every American to have insurance, it is not a true universal health plan. Neera Tanden, policy director for Mrs. Clinton — who had earlier delivered an economic policy speech to compete with Mr. Obama’s — welcomed Mr. Obama to the health care debate. Ms. Tanden added, “Senator Clinton believes that in addition to making healthcare more accessible, we have to achieve true universal health care so that every American has health care coverage.”
The Obama campaign is pointing to the following remark to argue that Hillary “praised” his health care plan from an August 4 debate: “We are all in favor of universal health care.” Hillary still believes that all the democrats want universal health care. Obama has just introduced a plan that leaves 15 million people out
The mailer also says that “experts” agree with him. But he doesn’t cite a single health care expert. Why? Health care experts agree with Hillary—without a mandate millions are left out.
Hillary’s health care plan covers all Americans.
Hillary has already helped children get health care and members of the National Guard get health care.
While others talk with flowery words, Hillary gets things done.
Hillary knows when to stand her ground and when to find common ground.