Breaking: Hillary Endorses Edwards' Health Care Plan
by TarHeel, Thu Sep 20, 2007 at 04:39:19 AM EDT
I'm still waiting for someone to do a careful analysis comparing Edwards' health care plan released 7 months ago compared to the one Hillary released this week. One specific is that Edwards' expands' medicaid eligibility up to 50K per family, so they don't have to deal with tax credits. I didn't see this in Hillary's plan.
Just imagine what her healthcare plan would look like if she didn't have 20 years thinking about it AND Edwards' plan to copy? Talk about "leadership"
Of course there are a lot of details completely lacking in both plans to really know. One area that is emphasized in Edwards' is the "health care markets", which would create more competition between private insurers.
Anyhow, every single thing in Hillary's plan was already in Edwards'. Don't expect the corporate media to point this out.
"Does Mrs. Clinton's plan seem very familiar to you?" Edwards said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Mrs. Clinton has--seven and a half months after John unveiled his health care plan--unveiled a health care plan that is in every material respect just like John's."
Edwards calls Clinton's plan "John Edwards' health care plan as delivered by Hillary Clinton."
Elizabeth Edwards has been one of Clinton's sharpest critics. She said Clinton, working with President Clinton, had a chance in 1993 to push universal health care through Congress and they should have been the first Democrats to come up with a new plan for health care.
"We would have expected her to be the first one out of the box, not the last one out of the box with a health care plan" Elizabeth Edwards said. "And then for her to come up with one that looks like John's, it's almost as if she hasn't been willing to have the courage independently to be a leader on these things."
I'm still amused that many HillBots were bashing the "mandate" of Edwards' plan and the medicare type buy in that Hillary adopted. I guess if Hillary proposes it after the fact it's somehow different.
When will Hillary lead on anything?