Hillary, At Her Most Passionate, Tells Voters Single Payer Healthcare Will Never Happen

By | January 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton lacks courage.

Unless, of course, it involves her friends. Take a look at this video:

This is Hillary telling voters that Medicare for All, Bernie’s plan for Single Payer Healthcare, will “NEVER, EVER PASS!” Here is her exact words:

“I want you to understand why I am fighting so hard for the Affordable Care Act,” she said at Grand View University after hearing from a woman who spoke about her daughter receiving cancer treatment thanks to the health care law. “I don’t want it repealed, I don’t want us to be thrown back into a terrible, terrible national debate. I don’t want us to end up in gridlock. People can’t wait!”

She added, “People who have health emergencies can’t wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass.”

Whatever happened to “Yes we can?”

I’m sorry, but let’s be honest. Our health system sucks. Hillary even had issues with it back in September 2015. Yahoo News noted this:

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton called for a repeal of the US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s so-called Cadillac tax, marking a significant break from US President Barack Obama on his signature healthcare law.

“Too many Americans are struggling to meet the cost of rising deductibles and drug prices. That’s why, among other steps, I encourage Congress to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax, which applies to some employer-based health plans, and to fully pay for the cost of repeal,” Clinton said in a statement released Tuesday by her campaign.

But, Hillary is fighting now to keep a system that is, as Time Magazine noted in 2014:

The U.S. ranks worst among 11 wealthy nations in terms of “efficiency, equity and outcomes” despite having the world’s most expensive health care system

The U.S. health care system has been subject to heated debate over the past decade, but one thing that has remained consistent is the level of performance, which has been ranked as the worst among industrialized nations for the fifth time, according to the 2014 Commonwealth Fund survey 2014. The U.K. ranked best with Switzerland following a close second.

It’s expensive and not getting any better. Most people are happy that more are covered, but the Affordable Care Act is only a small, poorly jumbled together step in the right direction. But why would anyone want to continue the system the way it is. I think we should ask Hillary’s friends in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Of course, she wants voters to think they are her enemies. We’ll call them frenemies.

When asked during the Democratic presidential debate what enemies she was most proud to have made, Hillary Clinton named pharmaceutical and health insurance companies at the top of her list. But that hasn’t stopped the Democratic front-runner from accepting millions of dollars in campaign cash from both industries in the course of her political career, financial disclosure records show.

Since her first bid for Senate in 2000, Clinton has accepted nearly $1 million from drug and health companies and more than $2.7 million from the insurance field and its related sectors, according to an analysis of public records from the Center for Responsive Politics. While the analysis did not include campaign finance figures for the 2016 cycle, some of the same donors and patterns can be seen in Clinton’s lone financial disclosure filed in July.

Contributions tied to some of the same firms that gave to her 2008 presidential campaign appear in the latest disclosure, including donations connected to pharmaceutical companies Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.; and insurers Aetna Inc., MetLife Inc. and Centene Corp., the latter of which is among Clinton’s largest donors this year.

Yes, they are pouring money into her coffers and of course she would never want to stop that flow of money. Others have also pointed out that her vitriol toward single payer healthcare has something to do with the money given to her by this industry.

Hillary Clinton’s sudden attack on Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care plan is a dramatic break with Democratic Party doctrine that the problem with single-payer is that it is politically implausible — not that it is a bad idea.

Single-payer, the Canadian-style system in which the government pays for universal health care, takes the health insurance industry out of the picture, saving huge amounts of money. But the health insurance industry has become so rich and powerful that it would never let it happen.

That was certainly Clinton’s position back in the early 1990s, when she was developing her doomed universal coverage proposal for her husband, Bill.

Here’s the thing. You cannot serve two masters. Hillary wants to have you believe that none of these donations and speaking fees from Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry, the healthcare industry, the defense industry and others will impact her decisions. She wants you to believe that she will serve the interest of the American people. But right now we are 37th in the world for health care. Thirty seven.

Greece, a country going bankrupt, is better than us.

Oman is better than us.

Colombia is better than us.

Saudi Arabia is better than us.

United Arab Emirates is better than us.

Costa Rica is better than us.

Why is she so scared of change? Why does she lack courage?

This is one of the fundamental differences between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Bernie points out rightly that:

If the goal of health care reform is to provide comprehensive, universal health care in a cost-effective way, the only honest approach is a single-payer approach.

Yes, ACA goes a long way toward this, and it is a definite improvement over what came before, but it is still a system that punishes the citizen to the benefit of drug and insurance companies. Bernie’s plan comes from the belief that:

Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.

Bernie has the courage to fight for this right for all Americans.

Hillary has the courage to fight for those willing to pay her. If you are willing, you can go to her next event in Boston hosted by Bain Capital’s CIO Jonathan Lavine for $2700.

UPDATE: /u/AllThingsBad on /r/SandersForPresident noted this eye-opening chart:

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$2.8 Million. Of course she doesn’t want to change the system. She is benefiting well from things staying the way it is.

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