Re: FW: CLIP | Think Progress: Hillary Clinton Makes Dishonest Attack On Bernie Sanders' Health Care Plan
Date: 2016-01-14 16:42
Subject: Re: FW: CLIP | Think Progress: Hillary Clinton Makes Dishonest Attack On Bernie Sanders' Health Care Plan
I will. They are crazy leftists down there.
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> Maybe we can work on the headlines.
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> Hillary Clinton Makes Dishonest Attack On Bernie Sanders’ Health Care Plan
> BY *TARA CULP-RESSLER* <http://thinkprogress.org/?person=tculp-ressler>
> <https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=Tara_CR> JAN 14, 2016 12:03
> As the race tightens
> <http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2016-01-12/with-democratic-race-tightening-clinton-attacks-sanders> between
> the two leading Democratic presidential candidates, they’re engaged in a
> fierce policy battle over a key progressive issue: access to health care.
> The Hillary Clinton campaign is amping up its attacks on fellow
> presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ health care plan, saying it’s a “risky
> that could return the country to an era when “millions and millions and
> millions of people
> did not have access to insurance. The Sanders campaign, meanwhile, is
> working to highlight the apparent hypocrisy here — pointing out that
> Clinton has a history of supporting universal health care
> and once said that Democrats attacking each other’s health care plans “undermined
> core Democratic values
> Here’s what you need to know about the policy dispute:
> Sanders wants health care for all, but his plan is thin on details.
> Sanders has long advocated what’s known as a “single-payer system
> in which one government program would offer insurance to Americans without
> charging the premiums, deductibles, or co-pays that currently finance the
> private insurance sector.
> This policy is sometimes referred to as “Medicare for all” because it
> would, in many ways, extend the current system that’s in place for Medicare
> beneficiaries to everyone else in the country. The general idea behind this
> model is that the government would raise health care taxes to pay for the
> cost of extending insurance to everyone.
> In 2013, Sanders introduced a bill
> <https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1782> in
> Congress seeking to enact a “Medicare-for-All Single Payer Health Care
> System” that tracks closely with his current proposal. But so far, the
> Sanders campaignhas not released specific details
> <http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/making-sense-democratic-fight-over-health-care-n496186> about
> how he would pay for his plan. That makes it difficult for industry experts
> to assess how it might work in practice
> Clinton is using dishonest arguments against single-payer health care.
> This week, the Clinton camp has been repeating an argument against
> Bernie’s plan that amounts to an unfair characterization
> <http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/pat-garofalo/articles/2016-01-13/hillary-clintons-bizarre-attack-on-bernie-sanders-health-care-plan> of
> how universal health care actually works. Clinton argues that Bernie wants
> to “take everything we currently know as health care, Medicare, Medicaid,
> the CHIP Program, private insurance, now of the Affordable Care Act, and
> roll it together” — suggesting that could cause millions of people to lose
> their health insurance.
> It’s true that a single-payer system would replace all of the different
> types of insurance that we have now, and it’s true that Americans would
> initially have to shift to new plans. But that’s not a problem with
> Sanders’ proposal — it’s actually the whole point. Proponents of universal
> health care argue it will be more efficient and more equitable for the
> government to administer one centralized health care program.
> “If anything, a single-payer plan like the one Sanders envisions would
> result in more coverage than current arrangements would allow,” the
> Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel and Jonathan Cohn point out
> That’s because, while there are still people who remain uninsured under
> Obamacare because they haven’t signed up for a plan, a Medicare-for-all
> system would treat insurance like a public good and require states to
> automatically enroll their residents in plans.
> Clinton also argues that Sanders’ plan would result in a massive tax hike
> for the middle class. While it’s true that a single-payer system would
> necessitate a big raise in taxes
> this is a misleading way to frame it. Clinton doesn’t include that fact
> that Sanders would also eliminate the health care costs
> <http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/health/paying-till-it-hurts.html> currently
> plaguing Americans in the form of premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.
> The health care landscape has changed a lot since the passage of Obamacare.
> Hillary Clinton has experience trying to pass health care reform
> <http://prospect.org/article/hillarycare-mythology> in a contentious
> political environment, going toe-to-toe with the insurance companies that
> eventually torpedoed
> <http://www.nytimes.com/1994/08/29/us/health-care-debate-what-went-wrong-health-care-campaign-collapsed-special-report.html?pagewanted=all> the
> 1993 legislation she supported. Why, then, would she want to attack a
> populist vision of health insurance in a way that may protect those
> insurers’ power?
> The landscape has changed considerably since the passage of President
> Obama’s landmark health care reform law. In order to ensure Obamacare’s
> success, Democrats had to partner with the health insurance industry and
> figure out ways to make reform benefit hospitals’ and insurers’ bottom
> lines. Now, as Democratic politicians are invested in preventing
> Republicans from rolling back the gains under the health law, the insurance
> industry has become somehow of an ally
> Clinton is no exception. Insurance companies know that, thanks to
> Obamacare, there’s a lot at stake for them depending on who takes over the
> White House — so they’ve been building connections
> <http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/team-hillary-and-the-insurance-lobby> to
> Clinton’s campaign. During this week’s dust-up, observers have been quick
> to point out that Hillary’s line of attack makes sense considering the money
> she now receives
> <https://theintercept.com/2016/01/13/hillary-clinton-single-payer/> from
> the insurance industry.
> Sanders’ home state hasn’t figured out how to make single-payer work.
> The health care conflict between Clinton and Sanders draws out familiar
> battle lines between a more pragmatic and a more leftist approach to
> Clinton has long been skeptical of single-payer’s political viability,
> pointing out that Americans are fearful of anything that can be construed
> as “socialized medicine
> There’s some evidence
> <https://theintercept.com/2016/01/13/hillary-clinton-single-payer/> that
> she’s been privately supportive of the single-payer model. But she clearly
> isn’t hopeful about getting it through Congress and isn’t willing to attach
> herself to this particular policy.
> There’s no denying the challenges. Even in Sanders’ home state, where
> there was a lot of political support for opting out of Obamacare and
> enacting a version of single-payer, local lawmakerscouldn’t get it done
> After three years of working toward the first universal health care system
> in the country, they said they couldn’t figure out how to pay for it
> <http://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2014/12/17/in-striking-reversal-shumlin-abandons-single-payer-reforms> (though
> some economists took issue
> <http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/03/02/3628413/economists-vermont-health-care/> with
> the governor’s estimate of the plan’s $3 billion price tag).
> When PolitiFact set out to assess
> <http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jan/13/how-much-would-bernie-sanders-health-care-plan-cos/> Bernie
> Sanders’ health plan this week, multiple experts gave cautious responses
> about the senator’s proposed policy that echo the recent experience in
> Vermont. They said it’s unclear how much it will cost and it’s unlikely
> lawmakers would pass it.
> Health care is a key issue for progressive voters.
> For years, grassroots activists
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447696/> calling for
> universal health care have influenced the Left’s thinking on this issue —
> and made progress in branding insurance as a basic human right
> Now, this issue could have ripple effects throughout the presidential
> primary. Single-payer is a fairly popular policy among Democratic voters.
> According to the Kaiser Family Foundation
> self-identified Democrats either strongly favor (52 percent) or somewhat
> favor (24 percent) the general idea of creating a government-run health
> care program to insure all Americans.
> Jeremy Massey
> Research Department
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