Monday, February 4, 2008

One more for the ABC files: Clinton's idea of "universal health insurance"

Curmudgette sez:

She wants to pick your pocket.

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to have workers' wages garnisheed if they refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed during a television interview, she said: "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."

Clinton said such measures would apply only to workers who can afford health coverage but refuse to buy it, which puts undue pressure on hospitals and emergency rooms. Under her plan, she said, health care "will be affordable for everyone" because she would limit premium payments "to a low percent of your income."
I'll give Senator Clinton credit for knowing a good scam when she sees one. Her apparent idea to "fix" the dysfunctional US health "care" system is to help her friends in the insurance and pharmaceuticals biz rake in more revenue on the backs of those who can least afford it. Somehow I find her comments that such a draconian policy would only apply to those who allegedly can "afford" health coverage but "refuse" to inspire little confidence, and I can imagine that those workers stuck with a $10 per hour wage will not be amused to find even less to go toward rent, utilities, food, clothes for the kiddos, and bus fare to work.

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