Comparing Hillary and Obama on Health Care

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have introduced health care plans. Hillary says Obama's plan leaves 15 million people uncovered and only provides mandatory coverage for children.

That appears to be the case. Here's Obama's plan (pdf.) There is a mandate that applies only to children.

Nor has Obama been consistent in his statements on universal health care.

Hillary maintains her plan not only covers everyone but also, like Obama's, cuts costs. Her plan is here (pdf).

Both plans are improvements over our current system. I agree with Hillary that mandatory coverage should include everyone, not just children and 15 million uninsured is too many.

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    Except (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jgarza on Mon Nov 26, 2007 at 08:22:04 PM EST
    Except Clinton's plan will leave a large amount of people uncovered as well.  

    Hillary maintains her plan not only covers everyone but also, like Obama's, cuts costs.

    If she does she is lying, and that is the real story.  She has trouble being honest with the American people.

    If its mandetory then there is a penalty for not doing.  There are going to be some people who still can't afford coverage. Clinton wants to penalyze them.  Aside from being completely unfair, i dont think that is very smart.  That sounds liek an easy issue for republicans to kill this on.

    My source (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jgarza on Mon Nov 26, 2007 at 09:05:02 PM EST
    CNN says that Hillary's plan will also not cover everyone.  If anyone has a better source that confirms or says otherwise, I would love to see it.

    I can not belive the way Obama (none / 0) (#3)
    by masslib on Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 12:34:41 AM EST
    is trying to spin a medocre plan.  We are only get one shot to do this.  Let's do it right.  Edwards and Hillary (save Kucinich) offer the boldest plans.

    Obama flip flops on healthcare... (none / 0) (#4)
    by adolmd on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 03:57:52 AM EST
    Obama actually makes a great case for universal healthcare in 2007 and then fails to deliver as a presidential candidate.  


    he says "every time an American without health insurance walks into an emergency room, we pay even more. Our family's premiums are $922 higher because of the cost of care for the uninsured. We pay $15 billion more in taxes because of the cost of care for the uninsured. And it's trapped us in a vicious cycle. As the uninsured cause premiums to rise, more employers drop coverage. As more employers drop coverage, more people become uninsured, and premiums rise even further. "

    " It is not in our character to sit idly by as victims of fate or circumstance, for we are a people of action and innovation, forever pushing the boundaries of what's possible. ...The time has come for universal health care in America."

    but his is the wimpiest change of the 3 top candidates and does not achieve universal healthcare.
    flip floppy...

    For such a brilliant man, I am shocked that he missed such a fundamental part of the solution to the problem of healthcare.