September 21, 2007

Hillarycare II and Coercion

I probably saw it first, but Boring Made Dull blogged it:

Drudge ….. (featured) a not very flattering photo of Mrs. Clinton, with the headline “Health Insurance Proof Required for Work”.

Drudge, eager to make sport of the less intelligent, links to (Joel) Klein’s piece (at one of Time Magazine’s blogs). Essentially, Klein’s argument is that because they Clintons won’t define the inevitable punitive measures, they simply don’t exist.

Ah, but they do, as BMD noted in excerpting an Associated Press interview:

She said she could envision a day when “you have to show proof to your employer that you’re insured as a part of the job interview — like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination,” but said such details would be worked out through negotiations with Congress.

The punitive measure is that you can’t work anywhere without proof of insurance. How much more obvious does it have to be for Joel Klein?

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UPDATE: No coercion here (third Clinton response from the end) –

Hillary Clinton to Insurance Industry: My Way or Highway
“I believe in reality-based politics. And the fact is that my [health care] plan is very tough on requiring insurance companies to guarantee insurance to everyone. No exclusions for pre-existing conditions. They’re going to have to change the way they do business. And I believe that they can and they will. We’ll either work with them or we will make the case, based on all of the rest of us, that we cannot continue on the path we’re on.”

If it’s not coercion, it’s at least the politics of intimidation.

UPDATE 2: Kaus — “….. it’s clear that Hillary is thinking about requiring health insurance for work! She says it could be “part of the job interview–like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination.” If your kid doesn’t show the proof, he can’t go to school, right? So what, exactly, is wrong with the headline? Am I missing something?” No sir.

UPDATE 3: Gregg Jackson of Pundit Review and GrassTopsUSA.com has formulated “12 Questions for Hillary and Her Fellow Democrat-Socialists who Support ‘Universal Health Care’.” She has no good answers.

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