While it is more likely than not that she becomes President, I still cannot respect Hillary Clinton. It is not right that she scares Americans that some of the proposals of Bernie Sanders will raise taxes yet leaves out that the raising of those taxes will lead to greater benefits. Case in point – single payer healthcare is the only way to stop the incredible increases in healthcare premiums that have always plagued us. But single payer is costly. The question is, if your pay $1,000 per month in healthcare premiums it should not matter that your taxes go up $500 per month or even a $1,000.
This is an old political trick – tell half truths as whole truths to upset the opposition. This doesn’t set our political discourse on a very high level. Or saying that you are against tuition free public universities because you don’t want Donald Trump’s kids to get free college. Another deception. Donald Trump’s kids would (and did) went to private universities – these schools would not be affected by what happens in the public domain. And to tell you the truth, if thousands of kids can get into college (and stay there) because they now can afford to go, I don’t care if a few rich kids decide to join in. This is like saying welfare should be destroyed because a few people take advantage of the system.
Dishonesty is not what we need.
“While debating Bernie Sanders last night in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton made an egregiously dishonest claim.”
“During the candidates’ discussion on college education, Clinton stated that Senator Sanders’ proposals would cost trillions of dollars, saying, “Free college, a single payer system for health, and it’s been estimated we’re looking at 18 to $20 trillion, about a 40 percent [dent] in the federal budget.”
“This is flat wrong.”
“The $18 trillion price tag comes from an article published in the Wall Street Journal. Authored by Laura Meckler, the piece attributes the vast majority— $15 trillion— of this exorbitant amount to Bernie Sanders’ plan to expand Medicare and guarantee care for all sick or injured Americans.”
“Meckler writes that, “… a similar proposal [to expand Medicaid] in Congress… would require $15 trillion in federal spending over 10 years on top of existing federal health spending, according to an analysis of the plan by Gerald Friedman, an economist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.”
“Gerald Friedman himself disagrees.”
“He wrote a response article, published in The Huffington Post, entitled, “can An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal on Its Bernie Sanders Hit Piece,” in which he clarified that, “…by spending these vast sums, we would, as a country, save nearly $5 trillion over ten years in reduced administrative waste, lower pharmaceutical and device prices, and by lowering the rate of medical inflation.”
“…Americans spend more than twice as much on health care as other countries of our wealth, yet the bodies of our citizens are far more broken and ill. We have higher infant mortality, higher rates of obesity, higher number of chronic diseases— we even die younger than people of other nations.”
“And we are going into debt over our lack of good, affordable care— more than any other reason, U.S. citizens are forced into bankruptcy over their medical bills.”
“Sanders’ plan would change this corrupt system, ensuring health care for all under a more efficient and cost-effective system. As The Washington Post notes, “…you can’t say [Sanders’ single-payer proposal] represents some kind of profligate, free-spending idea that would cost us all terrible amounts of money.”
“In fact, it is quite the opposite— every single-payer health care system in the world is cheaper than the current American health care system.”
“It is time we catch up to the rest of the world, whose societies live healthier and less bankrupt lives.” http://www.salon.com/2015/12/20/hillary_clinton_just_slimed_bernie_sanders_with_a_discredited_rupert_murdoch_attack_on_single_payer_health_care/