SEIU: Clinton, Edwards Provides Universal Healthcare

There has been tremendous debate on which candidate's Healthcare proposal will provide universal Healthcare. The SEIU released a comparison today, which shows only four presidential candidates who have a plan to provide universal Healthcare.

Here are the summaries provided by the SEIU. Check out the full comparison here.

What is even more stunning is the Republicans, who have virtually nothing worthwhile to say about Healthcare.

"While we don't believe there's only one way to solve the health care crisis, voters need to know that there's a fundamental difference between the Democratic and Republican candidates on health care," said Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU. "Most of the Democratic candidates have plans to ensure that every man, woman and child in this country has health care, and none of the Republican candidates do. Voters should ask them why they haven't put forward real solutions to this issue."

Joe Biden
Plan to expand Medicaid and SCHIP to cover young people up to 21 years of age as well as low-income and childless adults. Plan would allow people to keep their existing coverage or buy coverage through SCHIP, Medicare, or a new Federal Employees Health Benefit Program.

Hillary Clinton
Plan requires everyone to purchase insurance and provides subsidies to make coverage affordable. Plan would allow people to keep their existing coverage or buy coverage through Federal Employees Health Benefit Program. Plan also requires large employers to provide coverage or help pay for it.

Chris Dodd
Plan requires individuals and employers to share the cost of coverage based on their ability to pay. Plan allows people to retain existing coverage or to automatically enroll in a new plan similar to the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program. Plan would phase in universal coverage by age group over four years.

John Edwards
Plan requires employers to cover employees or to help finance a public insurance plan and that requires all individuals to have coverage by 2012. Expands Medicaid and SCHIP, reforms insurance laws to contain costs and creates regional non-profit purchasing pools with competing public and private plans to choose from. Plan also allows individuals to keep their existing coverage.

Mike Gravel
Plan would end the employer-based system of health coverage and replace it with a single-payer voucher program that could not deny eligibility based on health, wealth, or for any other reason.

Dennis Kucinich
Plan expands Medicare to cover everyone, replacing private and public insurance as described in HR 676. Plan would be single-payer, allowing only public or not-for-profit providers to participate.

Barack Obama
Plan requires that all children be insured and that all employers either cover their workers or pay into a public insurance plan. The plan also allows people to keep their existing coverage or purchase coverage through a new purchasing pool called the National Health Insurance Exchange that offers competing private and public options.

Bill Richardson
Plan requires all individuals to have coverage and provides subsidies to make coverage affordable. Requires employers to contribute to the cost of coverage for employees based on a sliding scale. Allows people to retain existing coverage or to buy coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan; expands Medicaid and SCHIP and allows people over 55 to buy into Medicare.

You can check out the Republicans in the link.

Here is a summary.

Provides universal Healthcare
Hillary Clinton
John Edwards
Dennis Kucinich
Bill Richardson

Near universal Healthcare
Barack Obama

Expands coverage
Joe Biden
Mike Gravel
Chris Dodd

Opposes legally mandated Healthcare
Mike Huckabee
Duncan Hunter
John McCain
Ron Paul
Tom Tancredo

Does not address Healthcare
Rudy Giuliani
Mitt Romney
Fred Thompson

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Clinton's Remarks on Hostage Incident

It's been a long for for those in Rochester, New Hampshire, but all has ended well.

Here are some short remarks from Senator Clinton.

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The Senator will travel to New Hampshire to visit her staffers and local law enforcement.

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Hostage Situation At Clinton Campaign Office in NH (UPDATE 18:24)

News broke today on a hostage situation in one of Senator Clinton’s presidential campaign offices in Rochester, New Hampshire. At 1 P.M, eye witnesses say a man in his 40’s with salt and pepper hair walked into the Hillary for ’08 Office, said he had a bomb and demanded to speak with Senator Hillary Clinton. Several buildings including Obama’s and Edwards’ campaign offices were evacuated as well as St. Elizabeth Seaton School.

Original reports stated there were four or five hostages at the beginning of the situation.

The man let a mother and her infant go before slamming the door closed, witnesses said.

"A young woman with a 6-month or 8-month-old infant came rushing into the store just in tears, and she said, 'You need to call 911,'" witness Lettie Tzizik told WMUR-TV.

"'A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape.'"

Video on two female hostages walking out of the office were released and a report of another hostage release has surfaced, however there is still conflicting reports on the safety of all hostages. There may or may not be one or more hostages still within the campaign office.

Senator Clinton was due to speak at the National Virgina Democratic Committee today but canceled her appearance. Senator Clinton was in no immediate danger and spent most of her day in Washington D.C.

Statement from Senator Clinton's Office

There is an ongoing situation in our Rochester, NH office. We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction. We will release additional details as appropriate.

Current reports place the name of the suspect has Leeland Eisenberg who has had a history with stalking.

From the Campaigns

Dennis Kucinich

"We're all in solidarity with Hillary at this moment when we think about what she's going through and what her staff is going through at this moment," said Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who is also running for president.

Kucinich said it was a sad commentary on the state of the nation when people feel that "the only way they can express themselves is through violence."

Joe Biden

Fellow presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) added, "We pray that this all works out and we wish Hillary the best of luck."

UPDATE

The last hostage has been released and the hostage taker arrested on live television. Everyone is safe.

Video

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WMUR

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Surprising Results in SurveyUSA Mass. Poll

The general election is under a year away and neither Party can say definitively who their nominees will be. Still, general election polls are abundant and some of them are very interesting.

The latest poll comes from SurveyUSA out of the state of Massachusetts. Here are the results:

Clinton: 54%
Giuliani: 40%

Clinton: 59%
Romney: 35%

Clinton: 61%
Huckabee: 31%

Clinton: 50%
McCain: 45%

Obama: 46%
Giuliani: 44%

Obama: 54%
Romney: 37%

Obama: 57%
Huckabee: 27%

Obama: 44%
McCain: 47%

First and foremost is Obama's weakness against Giuliani, but such results is expected. This is not what this diary is about, though it can certainly be discussed. This diary is about McCain's strength.

While McCain continues to struggle to win the Republican nomination, there are several scenarios that could work in his favor, such as a Huckabee win in Iowa, which will likely result in the collapse of Romney in NH and propel McCain and Giuliani. So, we can't rule him out, we cannot rule any of the top five candidates out (maybe Thompson) for that matter.

It has always been my belief that McCain is the most electable Republican in the field of eight. What is interesting is how well McCain is doing in a deep blue liberal state like Massachusetts. McCain beats Clinton by 7 points among Independents and beats Obama by 16 points among Indpendents.

Instead of posting any specific question to discuss, lets just discuss the polls in general and the implications of a possible McCain general election candidacy.

Source: http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollRepo rt.aspx?g=56c7136d-0bae-4729-91d8-3a764d 8aa5da

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Gallup: Clinton and Obama Look Good Against GOP

A new Gallup poll shows good news for Democrats. Despite the barrage of attacks by both Democrats and Republicans on Clinton, she still remains in the lead against ALL major Republican candidate. Obama, while in a dead heat with both Giuliani and McCain, beats Romney and Thompson by large margins.

A new Gallup Poll finds Sen. Hillary Clinton with a slim but not statistically significant advantage over both former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain in head-to-head matchups for the 2008 general election for president. Clinton has much more substantial leads over former Sen. Fred Thompson and former Gov. Mitt Romney. Sen. Barack Obama also has significant leads over Thompson and Romney, but essentially ties with Giuliani and McCain.

Clinton: 49%
Giuliani: 44%

Clinton: 50%
McCain: 44%

Clinton: 54%
Romney: 38%

Clinton: 53%
Thompson: 40%

Clinton has improved her lead against Giuliani by 1 point, against McCain by 3 points, against Romney by 3 points and against Thompson by 10 points since the last poll.

Obama: 45%
Giuliani: 45%

Obama: 47%
McCain: 44%

Obama: 52%
Romney: 35%

Obama: 51%
Thompson: 38%

Obama has decreased his lead against Giuliani by 5 points, increased his lead against McCain by 1 point, decreased his lead against Romney by 4 points, and increased his lead against Thompson by 2 points since the last poll.

At this stage in the campaign, the Democratic candidates -- be it Clinton or Obama -- are at worst competitive with the leading Republicans and at best hold a statistically significant lead over them. In a broad sense, that is consistent with the numerous indicators showing a political environment that is favorable to the Democratic Party, including an unpopular Republican president, dissatisfaction with the direction of the country, and more positive ratings of the Democratic Party than of the Republican Party.

However, the fact that neither leading Democratic candidate has a commanding lead over the best-known Republican candidates could be perceived as troubling for the Democrats.

Trial-heat matchups this far away from the election are generally not predictive of the eventual outcome, but they do give an indication that the Democratic nominee -- whoever that may be -- will begin the campaign in what should be a slightly more advantageous position than the Republican nominee.

Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/102862/Democr atic-Candidates-Look-Good-Latest-2008-Tr ial-Heats.aspx#1

Edwards was not polled

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Survey Methods: These results are based on telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of 897 registered voters, aged 18 and older, conducted Nov. 11-14, 2007. For results based on this sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum error attributable to sampling and other random effects is ±4 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

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Clinton Camp: Edwards Acting Like Bush

The slugfest between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and John Edwards continues.

After John Edwards said Hillary Clinton was acting like Bush, the Clinton camp came out with their own attack.

Before we begin, here is what John Edwards said:

"People expect you to stand in front of them and answer their hard questions - and they expect it to be an honest process," he told reporters in Des Moines. "What George Bush does is plant questions and exclude people from events, and I don't think that's what Democrats want to see in Iowa."

The Clinton response: John Edwards is acting like George W. Bush.

"What George Bush does is attack Democrats and divide the country," spokesman Mark Daley said, according to the Register. "John Edwards' campaign resembles that more and more every day."

I won't hide it, it is my sentiments exactly. We have seen it with the Washington Democrats who do not entirely trust John Edwards. His recent attacks on Clinton and Obama has taken this campaign to another level and it has indeed put Democrats against Democrats.

Exibit A: MyDD.

As for the planted question:

The Clinton camp said their boss did not know about the "planted" questions and Hillary Clinton herself stand by that claim.

Clinton says it won't happen again. "It was news to me, she said Sunday, according to the Times, "and neither I nor my campaign approve of that, and it will certainly not be tolerated."

So, is this talk of dividing the Party/country just temporary or is Edwards really putting Democrats up against Democrats? Is it a problem?

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Why Hillary Clinton is Ready

I have heard it over and over again: What makes Hillary so special? What experiences does she have? Well, I am here to say, Senator Hillary Clinton has a lifetime of experiences and has worked tirelessly with fellow Democrats and Republicans to better America.

I have recently asked several Edwards supporters to list their candidate's accomplishments. When I did not get any answer, I decided it was time to show them Hillary Clinton's resume. Here is an incomplete list of Clinton's experiences and accomplishments.

1.    Appointed to Board of Legal Services Corporation by President Carter.
2.    Chaired Arkansas Educational Standards Committee.
3.    Co founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.
4.    Served on the Board of the Children's Defense Fund.
5.    Twice named top 100 most influential lawyers.
6.    Chaired the Task Force on National Health Care Reform (failed but learned a lot), 1993-1994
7.    Spoke at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in China for women's rights, 1995.
8.     Helped create the Violence Against Women Office in the DOJ, 1995.
9.    Worked with Kennedy to push through legislation for the Children's Healthcare Insurance Program ($24 billion 10-year program), 1997
10.    Chaired and wrote the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, which was signed into Public Law.
11.    Founded Save America's Treasures, 1998
12.    Initiated Millennium Project, 1999
13.    Chaired the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, which was signed into Public Law.
14.    Travelled to 82 countries as her time as First Lady (most travelled First Lady).
15.    Senator from New York, 2001-present
   a.    Committee on Budget, 2001-2003
   b.    Committee on Environment and Public Works, 2001-present
   c.    Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, 2001-present
   d.    Committee on Armed Services, 2003-present
   e.    Special Committee on Aging, 2001-present
   f.    Chairman of Steering and Outreach Committee, 2003-2007 concede
   g.    Vice Chairman of Committee Outreach, 2007-present
   h.    Chairman of Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health, 2007-present
   i.    Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 2001-present
16.    Worked with Senator Schumer to secure over $21 billion in funding for redevelopment of the World Trade Center, security and health improvements.
17.    Introduced the Count Every Vote Act of 2005.
18.    Introduced legislation for a national Broadband network to help rural populations.
19.    Cosponsored legislation to expand Healthcare for the National Guard and Reserves.
20.    Pressured the Pentagon to brief the Armed Services Committee on redeployment plans when they refused and questioned her patriotism.
21. Along with Madeline Albright, founded Vital Voices, 1997.
22. Worked with Grameen Bank to extablish micro-credit and help economic growth in developing countries.
23. Helped recover compensation for steelworkers who got radiation poisoning on the job (changed Republican opinions of her in NY).
24. Helped secure $12 million in funding to track the health of 9/11 workers.

Those of you who have more to add, please comment and I will add it.

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Trust on the Issues, and Colbert as a Third Party Candidate

It's not just about likability and electability. It's about the issues and who the electorate trusts most on the issues. As of today, Democrats are trusted most of almost every key issue, but do we need to do better?

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Clinton's, Obama's, and Edwards' Legislative Record

What have the top tier Democratic candidates passed in the Senate? What is their legislative record?

Here are all sponsored bills which were either signed into public law or passed in the Senate. It also includes Amendements to Bills, which were signed into law.

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Favorable Ratings of All Candidates; Plus GE Recap

Favorable ratings are a good measurement of a candidates standing among the general public and could be a good indicator of their electability when compared to the opposition and the incumbent.

The following are favorable and unfavorable ratings arranged by NET favorability along with several general election matchups, which were posted earlier for reference.

All numbers are from Rasmussen Reports

Democratic favorable ratings can be found here.
Republican favorable ratings can be found here.
General election matchups can be found here, here, and here.

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