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Finally, the moment everyone has been waiting for: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to roll out the rest of her health care plan on Monday in a speech in Des Moines, rounding out a policy proposal that has been in the works for months. Clinton has given little clues as to how her policy will differ from those already introduced by Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards, though she hinted that she will address questions about her approach to the lobbying industry -- attacked by her rivals as too weak.

"I intend to dramatically rein in the influence of the insurance companies," she said during a forum hosted by Yahoo!, Slate and the Huffington Post on Wednesday, "because frankly I think that they have worked to the detriment of our economy and our health-care system."

Clinton, whose failed attempt to overhaul the health care system in the early 1990s became a hallmark of her polarizing effect, has tried to turn the botched effort into a net plus. She often says on the campaign trail that at least she has tried to fix health care, and has "the scars to prove it."

But her opponents are gearing up to undercut her message by pointing out that she ultimately set back the movement for health care overhaul by failing during her husband's adminstration and has done little to remedy it while in office in her own right.

--Anne E. Kornblut

By Post Editor  |  September 13, 2007; 4:55 PM ET
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There were several important omissions in the plan that concern me as a moderate Democrat.

1)How much will it cost per year?

2) When will it be operational? (At the SEIU health care forum in March, she said it would fully operational by the "end of her second term in office") Is this true?

3) The Wall Street Journal reported that although insurers would have to provide coverage for sick and well people, they would not face limits on the premiums they charge. Is this true, and if so, what good is it to middle class workers like me?

4) How is Clinton's plan different from Edwards'? John Edwards has had a detailed health care plan with costs and fine print out for months.

Posted by: marshamark | September 16, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a real person with a REAL plan!

Posted by: mcsizzlesizzle | September 16, 2007 1:01 AM | Report abuse

At 15%of GDP American Health Care should be the best in the world but it isn't. America is not delivering health care to all. Those likely to affect the bottom line don't qualify for commercial coverage. There needs to be a quantum shift in how health care is delivered to all Americans, tinkering around the edges is not going to achieve it.

Posted by: douglasmcc | September 14, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

We need to fix the health care issue but we cannot fix it unless we know how it is broken. For the answer, please see

Posted by: DrColes | September 13, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

This lady is not stupid but she counts on the stupidity of the constituency. A staunch supporter of GW, She now wants to stick a knife in his back and go with the current tide of dissatisfaction. She can roll with the punches and is willing to wear the face of a Democrat if it will put her in the oval office. In truth, she has no political reforms or any new ideas to help stem the war in Iraq or fix the health care system in this country. She speaks with an authoritarians' rhetoric ,(much like her husband), but has done little if anything on her watch as senator to introduce a bill for new measures re: health care. If she does have a plan, why has she kept it hidden all these months? Possibly because her campaign people have told her she'd better have one to bolster her down-turning in the polls. The last thing we need in the Oval Office is this female Bush impersonator. One dose of Clinton is enough to last a lifetime.

Posted by: puciret | September 13, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Harry and Louise . . . there they'll go again unjustifiably freightening people with health insurance while 40 million citizens go without. Incredible. This is the only advanced industrial country without universal care and we spend two times more than the Western Europeans on health care services as a percentage of GDP. How come none of our politicians point out that, apart from the military-industial complex, health care is the most heavily subsidized major sector of the economy? Taxpayers pay for a huge chunk of it so everybody obviously deserves to be covered and nobody, including your physician and insurance company's manager, deserves to profit greatly due to human suffering.

Posted by: swtwdc | September 13, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The Smartest Lady in the Room has a plan to "rein in" insurance companies. I think this is just a feigned threat to shake down the insurance companies for campaign donations. Follow the money and let's see how many insurance company logo's get splattered on Kamp Klinton's donor list...developing

Posted by: Frommaine | September 13, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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