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Bill Clinton: Tax Credits Best Rx Reform

From Bloomberg:

Bill Clinton Says Obama Will Prevail on Health-Care Overhaul

Patrick Cole And Thomas R. Keene Fri Sep 18

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton predicted that Barack Obama would prevail in his bid to win passage of his health-care initiative and that some Republican senators likely would support the legislation.

Clinton, the last president to attempt a broad overhaul of health care, said the Obama administration could win over Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both Republicans from Maine. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus introduced an $856 billion plan yesterday that would require just about all U.S. citizens to have insurance or pay a penalty.

“It would be good if he could get some Republican support,” Clinton, 63, said in an interview yesterday in New York, speaking of the Baucus bill. “I believe he’ll get Snowe and he could get Collins and he might get three or four others.” …

Clinton said potential Republican support for the bill could end up evaporating…

“If they believe a bill is going to pass, some of them will vote for it,” Clinton said. “And if they believe they have a chance to keep any bill from passing, they will be put under excruciating pressure to vote against whatever is there for reasons that have nothing to do with health care and have everything to do with politics. I’ve been through this. I’ve seen it.”

Clinton’s health-care plan failed to win passage in Congress, a defeat that many Democrats believe contributed to Republicans winning control of the House and Senate in the 1994 mid-term elections

Clinton said his philanthropic organization, the Clinton Global Initiative, may generate less money this year because of a decline in donations for clean-energy projects, even as the number of pledges increases.

“The number of commitments is already up,” Clinton said. “The dollar value will probably be down because our dollar values in the past have been inflated, if you will, by the clean-energy projects and they’re the most expensive.”

Last year Clinton secured $8 billion in commitments from participants in the summit. This year, Obama will deliver a keynote address.

Maybe Mr. Clinton has said that Mr. Obama will prevail, but did he say he should?

After all, according to Joe Klein’s 2003 book, The Natural pp 121-2, Mr. Clinton admitted that Hillary-care was the wrong approach to healthcare reform:

The President [Clinton] later admitted, during one of our conversations, that a more elegant, Third Way solution would have been to simply give health care tax credits (or vouchers, in effect) to those who needed them, mostly the working poor (the very poorest receive health care coverage through Medicaid). This was, essentially, the proposal first made by Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation and resurrected, in modified form, by former senator Bill Bradley in the 2000 Democratic presidential primary campaign. "That’s what you’re going to have to do eventually," the President conceded, "and if I could do it now, that’s what I would offer. The problem was, I couldn’t do it in ‘94, with the deficits the way they were, without a tax increase."

In other words, even Bill Clinton conceded that a far more ‘conservative’ plan of tax credits and vouchers would have been better than what he was pushing with Hillary-care. And Hillary-care was just Obama-care in a pantsuit.

And it’s certainly hard to imagine that approach causing more of a deficit or requiring more of a tax increase than what is currently being pushed through Congress.

But tax credits and vouchers don’t give the federal government the kind of control over people’s lives that Mr. Obama and the Democrats seek. And that’s what this is really all about.

But perhaps this last sentence concerning one of Mr. Clinton’s cash cow “foundations” explains his volte face:

Last year Clinton secured $8 billion in commitments from participants in the summit. This year, Obama will deliver a keynote address.

After all, it’s all about money (and sex) with the Clintons.

By the way, note how the Bloomberg article repeats this oft-told lie:

Clinton’s health-care plan failed to win passage in Congress, a defeat that many Democrats believe contributed to Republicans winning control of the House and Senate in the 1994 mid-term elections.

In fact, it was just the opposite. The Democrats lost so big in the 1994 mid-terms precisely because the citizenry resented their attempt to takeover healthcare.

And hopefully history will repeat itself.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Bill Clinton: Tax Credits Best Rx Reform”

  1. proreason says:

    Oh sure.

    Billy Jeff is SOLIDLY behind his President on Health Scare.

    He’s foursquare in the Moron’s corner for 7 more years. Wifey’s ambitions are on the shelf until 2016. She and he are just a couple of foot soldiers in the fascist brigade.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    Bill Clinton is a sickened and immoral pig. Who cares what he says.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Bill Clinton Says Obama Will Prevail on Health-Care Overhaul”

    He also said,

    “I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman……..Monica Lewinsky”

    So, I’m right there to believe anything these two liars have to say. I take comfort in the fact that I no longer have to think and can trust government and its representatives and cronies to the fullest. BTW, just out of curiosity, could it be that Blammo is using Jimma and Bill-Jeff now as mouthpieces to bolster his waning poll numbers? It’s an old trick.

    • Right of the People says:

      Yeah, that’ll work using Bevis and Butthead t convince people to drink the Kool-aide. Two of the worst presidents to ever darken our door.

  4. proreason says:

    Now MR, you know you shouldn’t try to impose your own morality on others.

    By liberal standards, Bill Clinton is a paragon of moral virtue.

    Try to be fair to all sides in your comments.

    Like me.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Luke! er, I mean, Bill! Use Tha Force For Good.

  6. P. Aaron says:

    Was Clinton wagging his finger when he made that declaration?

  7. proreason says:

    But grannies will get a dispensation.

    From the DNC’s calm and measured spokesmodel:
    “Through tools like ‘Call ‘Em Out,’ you will be met with a rain of hellfire from supporters armed with the facts and you will be held to account.”


    Got a feeling that when they say “a rain of hellfire” they aren’t talking about a reasoned discourse. Can’t wait to see the new “facts” they’ve come up with.

    And hey, where do I get one of them ‘Call Em Out’ tools? The ole Leatherman Multi-purpose is gettin a little worn out.

  8. Helena says:

    “And Hillary-care was just Obama-care in a pantsuit.”


  9. jrmcdonald says:

    Clinton promised a ‘middle class tax cut’ in ’92. Still waiting…

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “Clinton promised a ‘middle finger class tax cut’ in ’92. Still waiting……….”

      There…. fixed it, jrm!

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