PEBO to talk Health Care, Hillary gets the Last Laugh…

As PEBO gets ready to talk health care and announce Daschle for HHS Secretary (10 mins to LIVE coverage); it is useful to review Hillary’s plan for universal coverage and cost-savings. I am hopeful they use this as a template. If we don’t start with a universal mandate we will not get there, and Max Baucus – D-MT, Chairman of the Senate Finance Cmte said this himself at a presser a few weeks ago, laying down his chips..

Ezra Klein spoke to Baucus at the convention about the mandate issue:

MB: Universal coverage, that’s one. Every American has health insurance.

EK: When you say universal coverage, do you mean universal access to coverage or literally ever American is guaranteed, either they have to get through an individual mandate or the government says you’ll have it or…?

MB: More than access. It’s there, it’s there. I’m not sure exactly what it is.

EK: So you need to take it a step further than the Obama campaign?

MB: Well I wouldn’t phrase it that way. He has an individual mandate for children, he doesn’t for others, but I don’t see how you can get meaningful universal coverage without a mandate. It’s pretty hard to get universal coverage without a mandate. You need the large pool to deal with preexisting conditions. It’s very hard to get to meaningful universal coverage without a mandate.

Yes Max it certainly is, and that is why millions of us supported Hillary and found this a STARK contrast in the Obama and Clinton plans…

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Here is Baucus’ plan on his website which has a banner calling for action, he is serious about the mandate, hooray!:

…A CALL TO ACTION . . .

It is the duty of the next President and the next Congress to reform America’s health care system. In 2009, Congress must take up and act on meaningful health reform legislation that achieves universal coverage while also addressing the underlying problems in our health system. The urgency of this task has become undeniable….

The white paper from Baucus is 98 pages long and the pdf can be found here.

“Once affordable, high-quality, and meaningful health insurance options are available to all Americans through their employers or through the Exchange, individuals would have a responsibility to have health coverage. This step is necessary for insurance market reforms to function properly and to end the cost shifting that occurs within the system. It is expected that the vast majority of American employers would continue to provide coverage as a competitive benefit to attract employees. Except for small firms, employers that choose otherwise must contribute to a fund that would help cover those who remain uninsured.”

PEBO and Daschle seem to be ahead of the pundits talking down the health care plan and have prepared for duel fronts of action, WSJ, which has had an ongoing editorial page battle with Baucus about their coverage of his plans, reports:

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is being named to duel posts this morning: secretary of health and human services, and head of a new White House office on health reform, giving him a prominent perch for a major push for health care legislation. For Daschle, the double duty is meant to avoid the scenario that unfolded in the Clinton administration, where the White House took the lead on health reform and left Donna Shalala, who was HHS secretary, largely on the sidelines.

Many of the groups that fought Hillary’s plan in 93 are now on board much to the chagrin of the WSJ Editorial Page:

…They may succeed, which is no surprise given that many corporations would be only too happy to dump their health liabilities on the government. The “Divided We Fail” coalition, which advocates “universal” coverage, includes not only usual suspects like unions and AARP but also the Business Roundtable and the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business lobby that led the charge against HillaryCare…..

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…This mentality is nicely captured by Tom Daschle, the former Senate Majority Leader who Barack Obama has tapped to run Health and Human Services. “I think that ideological differences and disputes over policy weren’t really to blame,” he writes of 1994 in his book “Critical,” published earlier this year. Despite “a general agreement on basic reform principles,” the Clintons botched the political timing by focusing on the budget, trade and other priorities before HillaryCare.

President-elect Obama will not make the same mistake. Congressional Democrats are already deep into the legislative weeds, while Mr. Daschle is organizing the interest groups and a grassroots lobbying effort. Mr. Obama may be gesturing at a more centrist direction in economics and national security, but health care is where he seems bent on pleasing the political left….

Hillary’s plan (see after the jump)  sounds just like Baucus’ plan, methinks our Hillary has had the last laugh, PEBO will have to fight Baucus to keep out the mandate he fought through the primary..and I could not be happier..

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Hillary’s plan as presented at George Washington University in May of 2007:

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December 11, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Center for American Progress, Economy, Foreclosures, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Wall St. 5 comments.

The New Stimulus: Inauguration Day…Economic Team:Melody Barnes to lead on policy…

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UPDATE: 12:15PM EST: The President-Elect has named Melody Barnes, of the Center for American Progress, the head of his policy council (happy dance). Ms. Barnes did a column in WaPo 2 years ago reflecting upon what a truly progressive POTUS might say at a SOTU address, it is well worth a look for some insight into the future direction of our policy:

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November 24, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Center for American Progress, citigroup, Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Wall St. 1 comment.

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