Hillary’s Zero-Payor Health Care Plan
posted at 3:15 pm on March 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, Allahpundit posted on the Politico’s story about the Hillary Clinton team not paying their bills. Today Kenneth Vogel digs a little deeper, and discovers that Team Hillary’s commitment to universal health care doesn’t even extend to her own employees. Almost $300,000 in health-plan premiums went unpaid despite Hillary making universal coverage a centerpiece of her campaign:
Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff stands out.
Clinton, who is being pressured to end her campaign against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, has made her plan for universal health care a centerpiece of her agenda.
The campaign provides health insurance to all its employees, their spouses, partners and children — and that wasn’t interrupted by any lag in payments to insurance providers, said Jay Carson, a Clinton campaign spokesman. … But the unpaid bills to Aetna were at least two months old, according to FEC filings.
They show the campaign ended last year owing Aetna more than $213,000 for “employee benefits.”
During the first two months of the year, the campaign did not pay down any of that debt. In fact, it accrued another $16,000 in unpaid bills last month, and it finished the month owing Aetna $229,000.
So now we’ve gone from single-payor to zero-payor!
Seriously, did no one at Team Hillary consider how this would look when the campaign announced its numbers? They want to run Hillary as the compassionate candidate, the one who really cares about the people. She cares so much and has so many ideas for helping us that, as Hillary admitted, we can’t afford all of them, even though she has no problem with taking our money “for [our] own good”.
Maybe charity should start at home, or at least health-insurance coverage. If Hillary and her team can’t keep up with the Aetna bills now, why should we trust them to do so in the White House?
Here’s a look at her health care insurance commercial from a few weeks back. Ask yourself how she can make these claims while leaving her own employees at risk of health-care denials.
Jason at Poligazette adds:
These deadbeat financial machinations are doubly ironic coming from the campaign of the self-appointed avatar of blue-collar workers and those without health insurance. If Hillary Clinton won’t pay those local companies who put together her campaign events, how can she be trusted to manage the whole economy in a time of deep economy crisis? And if Hillary Clinton won’t even pay the premiums of her own campaign staff, how can she be trusted to demand employers pay stiff new mandates for universal health care?