Continuing with the heath care theme, Hillary Clinton today announced her version of overhauling the heath care system if she were to be elected.
Hillary Clinton unveiled the third part of her plan to ensure that all Americans have affordable, quality health insurance. Building on her proposals to rein in costs and to insist on value and quality, her American Health Choices Plan will secure, simplify and ensure choice in health coverage for all Americans. This Plan covers every American – finally addressing the needs of the 47 million uninsured and the tens of millions of workers with coverage who fear they could be one pink slip away from losing their health coverage – with no overall increase in health spending or taxes. For those with health insurance, the plan builds on the current system to give businesses and their employees greater choice of health plans – including keeping the one they have – while lowering cost and improving quality.
The free marketeers might or might not like it but it still lets the private insurance companies get their money, only now they would have to make a few government mandated changes including doing away with the wonderful pre-existing condition clauses that many companies love to use to deny coverage.
Insurance companies will end discrimination based on pre-existing conditions or expectations of illness and ensure high value for every premium dollar; while drug companies will offer fair prices and accurate information.
Of course the Republicans will be wondering where the Federal Government comes into play as we all know, all Democrats want is bigger government. From what I have read, other than mandating certain requirements/conditions be met and giving tax credits to small businesses and some individuals as well as federal subsidies for low income workers, Hillary’s plan for the most part leaves a lot in the hands of private industry.
There is quite a bit there to mull over but what are your thoughts?
UPDATE 9/18/2007: Hillary isn’t making many friends with further clarification on her plan that could require all American’s to get health insurance.