Newt Gingrich does us all a favor

Now that Newt Gingrich and Hillary Clinton have gotten together to work on health care IT legislation (See Unlikely Allies Tout Healthcare Bill in today’s Boston Globe) I think it’s time for the reactionaries to retire the term “Hillarycare.”

I get a chuckle out of defenders of the status quo in health care who try to head off reformers with doomsday scenarios and personal attacks against Senator Clinton. Here’s a quote from a letter in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (Moonbeams in Vermont: Single-Payer Health Care) attacking a single-payer proposal:

Vermont would be a lovely laboratory. The plan won’t work… and (in a burst of hope over experience) it might finally put a stake through the heart of “Hillarycare.”

I’m not a proponent of single payer. But are the author and other mudslingers really prepared to defend the current system? Ironically, the President’s spectacularly expensive Medicare drug benefit is itself a step toward a single payer system.

May 12, 2005

3 thoughts on “Newt Gingrich does us all a favor”

  1. Critic of single-payer and current system here;

    MassHealth, the agency that administers Medicaid in Massachusetts is a veritable tone-poem of waste and lousy management.

    Now, imagine the entire country on MassHealth. Proponents insist it’ll be better than MassHealth. Do you believe that?

  2. Whatever the smarties-in-power come up with, 65% of Americans want health care for everyone, according the Pew Research Center. It would be silly for Republicans to keep resisting.

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