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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.
On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM John Podesta <> wrote:

> Maybe we can work on the headlines.
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> From: *Tony Carrk* <>
> Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
> Subject: FW: CLIP | Think Progress: Hillary Clinton Makes Dishonest Attack
> On Bernie Sanders’ Health Care Plan
> To: John Podesta <>
> *From:* [] *On
> Behalf Of *Tyson Brody
> *Sent:* Thursday, January 14, 2016 1:24 PM
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> *Subject:* Fwd: CLIP | Think Progress: Hillary Clinton Makes Dishonest
> Attack On Bernie Sanders’ Health Care Plan
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> From: *Jeremy Massey* <>
> Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 1:22 PM
> Subject: CLIP | Think Progress: Hillary Clinton Makes Dishonest Attack On
> Bernie Sanders’ Health Care Plan
> To: Research <>
> Hillary Clinton Makes Dishonest Attack On Bernie Sanders’ Health Care Plan
> <> JAN 14, 2016 12:03
> PM
> As the race tightens
> <> 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
> deal
> <>”
> 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
> <> 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
> <> 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
> <> 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
> <> 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
> <> in a contentious
> political environment, going toe-to-toe with the insurance companies that
> eventually torpedoed
> <> 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
> <®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0>
> .
> 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
> <> 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
> <> 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
> governing.
> 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
> <> 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
> <> (though
> some economists took issue
> <> with
> the governor’s estimate of the plan’s $3 billion price tag).
> When PolitiFact set out to assess
> <> 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
> <> 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.
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