Clinton's Health Care Headstart
First, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would start diplomatic maneuvers as soon as she is elected--without waiting for that pesky inaugural ceremony in 2009. Now, she is promising to start health care reform right away, too. In an online web chat on Tuesday night, Clinton said she would begin working with Congress on her health care plan "starting as soon as I'm elected president."
White House officials have not--so far--commented on Clinton's hypothetical takeover of power in November of 2008.
Clinton raised some eyebrows on Tuesday when she suggested that her requirement that all Americans buy health insurance would be enforced by employers who would check to ensure that prospective workers were insured. In an interview with the Associated Press, Clinton said she could imagine a system in which "you have to show proof to your employer that you're insured as part of the job interview ? like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination."
In her web chat, Clinton also fielded a question about how she will handle attacks from her Republican opponents. She replied that she, herself, is not an advocate of attack politics. "I know that we have to be prepared to fight back and stand our ground -- that's what I've always done, that's what my husband has done," she said. "In my two campaigns for the Senate, I did not leave any attack unanswered."
Clinton added: "I do not believe in attacking my opponents, but if someone attacks me, I will respond."
-- Anne E. Kornblut
September 19, 2007; 11:16 AM ET
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