Monday, May 26, 2008

On May 26

1993, President Clinton named his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to chair the Task Force on National Health Care Reform. In her speech on this day, she condemned "the proponents of the status quo" who opposed a government-subsidized health care for all. She also condemned the "price gouging, cost shifting, and unconscionable profiteering" practices by doctors. "Too many people have made too much money," she said about the health care field. In tune with this, Bill Clinton addressed Congress in September of 1993, urging "to fix a health care system that is badly broken... giving every American health security-- health care that is always there."

"When people ask me about health care reform, I tell that that I am disappointed we were not able to make more progress." "Now I am from the school of smaller steps, but I believe we must continue to make progress," she said.

Making universal health care her priority in the ongoing Presidential race, Hillary Clinton lost many votes of Americans antipathetic to any sign or trace of socialism... Barack Obama made a very smart decision not to espouse the same passion and run a more 'mild' working-class platform...

"Health care is a fundamental right." These words by Hillary Clinton will echo in the ears of many Americans for decades ahead, until there is the courage to enforce this right... Hillary Clinton, while probably losing this race, has really won.

1 comment:

Ellie said...

I thought you might be interested in a story in the new issue of the SPLC’s quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report, which was released today.

The cover story exposes a network of U.S. scholars funded by the Turkish government that has played a key role in promoting the cover-up of the Armenian genocide during World War I.

You can read this story along with the rest of the issue at:

Ellie Gunderson
Public Affairs Intern
Southern Poverty Law Center