Healthcare's federal future, brought to you by the GOP

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    Feb 02, 2011 8:21 PM GMT

    "Good afternoon, I'm Brian Williams reporting from Washington, where it looks like October 26, 2017, will be a day that truly goes down in history. In a few moments, at a table not far from where I now stand, President Hillary Clinton will sign into law the universal health-care legislation - "Medicare for All," as she calls it - that completes a journey Mrs. Clinton began nearly 25 years ago..."

    That is, if the Supreme Court rules 5-4 as expected by the current partisanship, and Mitch Daniels runs and wins in 2012, and Hillary sticks to her word about not running in 2012.
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    Feb 02, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    the "rest of the story" in much more enjoyable than the small bit quoted by the OP. icon_idea.gif
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    Feb 02, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    You mean like this part? icon_lol.gif

    OP"David, it seems hard to recall now, but back in the fight over Obamacare, Republicans only offered plans to insure 3 million of the 50 million who were uninsured back then. Today, most Republicans have signed on to Mrs. Clinton's plan to have government provide every American with basic coverage, with a much more modest role for private insurance as a supplement. What accounts for the change?"

    "Well, Brian, a cynic might say that when you get to 70 million uninsured, some of them are actually Republican voters! But the key difference was the way business and labor came together behind Mrs. Clinton's approach. Top chief executives agreed companies shouldn't be expected to bear these costs anymore and backed the modest taxes needed to move health costs from private payrolls to public budgets, as happens in every other wealthy nation. The unions finally took a larger view, too. Instead of moaning about the 'loss' of a benefit they'd bargained for, labor leaders accepted that most workers had gone years without real wage increases, because health costs were devouring every penny available for compensation. Having government fund health care was the only way to give Americans a raise."

    "What seems so ironic, David, is that Republicans now endorse a much more 'liberal' solution than they would have had if they'd supported Barack Obama's approach years ago."