Posted by Charity on September 18th, 2007

I finally got a chance to sit down and read Hillary Clinton’s new health care plan. I have a lot to say about it, so let’s get right down to it.

As evidenced by the statement I quoted yesterday, Sen. Clinton is still recovering from the wounds she received the first time she unveiled her plan for national health care.

I know my Republican opponents will try to equate health care for all Americans with government-run health care. Don’t let them fool us again. This is not government-run.

She’s not going to let that happen this time.

Instead, she is going with the focus-group tested, and all-time favorite liberal buzz word, choices. Hillary has introduced The American Health Choices Plan.

You might say Hillary is pro-choice when it comes to health care. And who can possible be against choice, right?

The basic premise is that everyone will have a choice to keep their employer-provided health insurance, or to choose from a variety of government-administered programs.

But don’t you nay-saying conservatives worry; there will be no new bureaucracy! None!

But how can that be, the discerning small government types among you might be asking.

In typical doublespeak fashion, this is one promise Clinton actually intends to keep. Her plan will not require any new bureaucracy because the bureaucracy already is in place.

The Clinton health care plan involves expanding Medicare and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, and any other existing government program, to cover anyone who does not have insurance.

Or should I say, everyone who does not have insurance.

See, when Hillary Clinton says choices, she does not mean that you have a choice to not have insurance. Under her plan, you must.

Say you are a healthy, young guy, who likes to make your money work for you. You eat well, exercise and take care of your body, so instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on insurance that you probably won’t need, you instead want to place the money in a high-interest account, or something. That way you have the money if you need it, but you aren’t helping the insurance company get rich.

Well, you can’t. It’s not on the “Menu.”

Of course, everyone will want health insurance because they will benefit from the lower premiums and higher quality that will result from Hillary’s plan.

Just how does Lady Hillary propose to work that magic?

By removing hidden taxes!

Oh, yeah, and by instituting new taxes. Taxes on businesses and mandates that they provide insurance to their employees. Taxes on “the rich,” or those who make over $250,000.

But that’s not all!

Over half the savings come from the public savings generated from Senator Clinton’s broader agenda to modernize the heath systems and reduce wasteful health spending.

So let me get this straight. Hillary Clinton has been a United States Senator for over six-and-a-half years and all this time she has had a plan to save half of health care costs just by modernizing the system and she has been holding out on us?

The beauty of this plan is that it offers tax credits and lower premiums to the majority of Americans. Well, beauty only if you consider bribing a majority of Americans into supporting something by making someone else pay for it a beautiful thing.

Support Hillary’s plan and you will see only benefits: lowered cost, increased care, and never again worry about being without health insurance.

What’s more, there will be no new bureaucracy and you will have a “Menu” of private and public choices. An amalgamation of the greatest features of the government and the private sector; the best of both worlds, if you will.

Behind the facade of the health care solution we have all been waiting for is the harsh reality that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone has to pay for this. Sen. Clinton has no magical bag of tricks that will suddenly make health care cost half of what it does.

This is a massive expansion of the role of government, and of the cost of government.

Senator Clinton is luring people into supporting her plan with the use of feel good words and duplicitous phrases, and the promise to the average American that this is their right and they will not have to pay for it.

There’s a reason that this sounds too good to be true.

One Response to “A Look at the New and Improved HillaryCare”

  1. Whine, bureaucracy, whine, Hillary, blah, blah. You cons are like a broken record, all the more obvious now that things are moving away from the right. The real reason her plan sucks is it still involves the insurance companies. This is one area that the gov’t can most certainly run more efficiently than the private sector.

    It’s gonna be a fun four years over here…