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September 23rd, 2007, 02:56 AM
What Hillary Has Learned from '93

Back in 1993, when Hillary Clinton first tried to reform the nation's health-insurance system, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan warned about the difficulty of getting such a gargantuan bill passed: "The Senate has its own peculiar ecology," he told me. "Something like this passes with 75 votes or not at all." Moynihan was then chairman of the Finance Committee, the Senate's natural choke point for big social-engineering schemes. He was worried that the Clintons, especially the First Lady, were being stubborn, trying to jam their bill through with a bare majority rather than build a bipartisan consensus. At the end of his presidency, I asked Bill Clinton what would have happened if he and Hillary had discarded their 1,300-page brontosaurus of a bill and built a bipartisan consensus around the simpler, sketchier but also universal Republican plan proposed by Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island. "Maybe that would have worked," Clinton acknowledged. Well, Hillary Clinton has now introduced Health Care 2.0, and lo and behold! it is a direct descendant of the plan she chose not to support in 1993. And with some clever consensus building, it is just the sort of bill that may have a chance to work.

From here (http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1663644,00.html).


September 23rd, 2007, 09:27 AM
More to the point, it is a bill that will ensure the health of the medical-insurance industry; it will do little for the average American.

But then, whom did you think Hillary has represented in her political life? Besides giving Bush everything he has wanted, she voted for the Financial Reform Act, strongly desired by the banking industry. This is the little gem that ensured that Americans with the greatest debt problems would have minimal relief, making it far more difficult to file for bankruptcy.

Hillary knows it's all about money--and, unsurprisingly, she gets plenty of that from her wealthy corporate patrons.