By Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County, 10/10/16
Bill Clinton was right about health insurance when he controversially said on October 3:
“…The people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies. Why? Because they’re not organized, they don’t have any bargaining power with insurance companies, and they’re getting whacked.
“So you’ve got this crazy system where all of the sudden 25 million more people have health care, and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
Obviously, Bill the policy wonk was getting worked up, as you can see from the video of his remarks. And there’s a reason. He and Hillary have been trying to solve this country’s health insurance problem for 20+ years and meanwhile many Americans’ health is still jeopardized by lack of proper medical care and insurance. This is not a theoretical problem. Consequences for individuals range from illness and inconvenience up to loss of homes and death; consequences for society include the current scandal of maternal mortality in Texas and the possible spread of wide-spread preventable epidemics.
Pennsylvania’s recent experience shows why health should not depend on politics….
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