Hillary on Health Care: Take Two Aspirin

Sep 18, 2009 12:52pm

A rare step into the health care debate from the Secretary of State – an issue with which, she acknowledged laughingly, she has her “own acquaintance.”

At a Brookings forum this morning, Clinton predicted that health care would pass this year and drew a laugh when she prescribed "two aspirin" and a good night's sleep to calm the raucous debate over the issue.

“Will it be everything any one person would want?  No, of course not.  That's not the nature of the compromise required in a legislative setting.  But I am — I'm quite optimistic.  You know, we really have an opportunity now to produce an outcome that will significantly improve the important aspects of health-care reform: controlling costs, increasing quality, expanding coverage,” Clinton said.

ABC’s Kirit Radia reports from the event, Clinton said she believes Americans have learned more about health care since the failed attempts in 1993-1994.

“More people know what's at stake, more people have seen us try other things.  I mean, I remember one of the arguments that was made 15 years ago, ‘You know, let the HMOs handle it; we'll do something called managed competition; that will control costs; that will eventually cover everybody’….  And of course, you know, that was not to be,” she said.

“So I think that there's just much more real-world experience that people from all walks of life have that, in the absence of what is being proposed, costs will continue to go up for those of us who are insured, coverage will continue to shrink for those of us who are insured, the numbers of people who have access to any form of insurance will continue to diminish; and therefore, I think we will be successful,” Clinton added.


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