Clinton Vow to
Take on Insurers
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
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