Tuesday, September 18

First, Hillary, define "affordable."

Is almost a thousand dollars a month for health insurance affordable? That's what a lot of us who pay out of pocket for Blue Cross.

Since the "Council for Affordable Health Insurance" is actually an insurance industry lobby...I mean, Exxon-Mobil thinks three dollars a gallon for gas is "affordable."

I tried to find a rather milquetoast source to talk about Hillary and healthcare industry lobbyists. How about Newsweek?

...some consumer groups aren’t convinced. They look at the healthy contributions she’s received from health-care groups and wonder how far into the industry’s pocket she’s climbed. “There’s nobody in this race with her knowledge to make health care available to every American at a cheaper cost, but it would take going after the insurance industry that’s funding her candidacy,” say Jamie Court, president of consumerwatchdog.org. “I don’t know if there was a smoky back room, but her positions are certainly not threatening her cash stream, and their cash stream is helping her maintain her position as a front runner. In politics there aren’t too many coincidences.”


  1. "They look at the healthy contributions she’s received from health-care groups and wonder how far into the industry’s pocket she’s climbed."

    Far enough that they can no longer claim, "I did not have sex with that woman" I'll wager.

  2. Y'all Chickenhawks to Me - by Elmo (MP3)

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  3. Anonymous3:09 PM

    Hillary is running for President not just the Democratic Nonmination. She is trying to appeal to Independants and Republicans (not the 1/3 nut cases) it's the old Clinton triangleation. Yep is politics, but the idea is to win the Presidency once you win then you can do want you want.


    Gore 08

  4. Clearly, if we're going to have a workable single-payer universal health care system we're going to have to avoid the pitfalls that have plagued Australia, Canada, and the UK.

    I wish I knew enough about the subject to propose an alternative plan, but what I do know is that it will take a kind of synthesis between the current for-profit model and a universal model.

  5. Anonymous10:14 PM

    What a bunch of whiners!

    We'll all be dead by Jan. 2009, so just trust Bush and quitcher bitchin' !

  6. Anonymous11:09 PM

    I still haven't heard anyone other than Special K propose Health Care for All. Hillarious is proposing mandating health insurance for all as Teh Mitt just did here in Massachusetts, whether folks can afford it or not.

    Nice bone for the insurance juggernauts, innit?

  7. Yeah, mandatory insurance is not the idea I had in mind. Providing health care is the issue.

    Ezra Klein's first pass over the plan was actually pretty positive. But the devil's in the details - and the insurance companies.

  8. Hillary is a shill! She will not have my vote. She will be turned away for her close ties to DC and the power structure. Her inability to have an established postition on the major issues speaks volumes and the bullshite of that's what politicians do to get elected won't fly, unless you're talking about Bush in 2000 spewing lies on the campaign trail.


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