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What We Learned About HillaryCare From The Clinton Library Docs

- February 28, 2014

HILLARY CLINTON DISPARAGED THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE BEFORE SHE ADOPTED IT IN 2008 AND IN OBAMACARE

In A 1993 Meeting With Senate And House Democratic Leaders, Hillary Clinton Called The Individual Mandate A “Politically And Substantively” Harder Sell. HILLARY CLINTON: “You will have a full range of (inaudible) for what will be the politically difficult issues, like the employer-employee features. And then we will have a real fight on our hands. But if the Republican alternative, as it appears now to  be shaping up, at least among the moderate Republicans in the Senate, is an individual mandate, we have looked at that in  every way we know how to (inaudible). That is politically and substantively a much harder sell than the one we've got -- a much harder sell.” (Press Release, “Remarks By The First Lady In Meeting With Senate And House Democratic Leaders And Committee Chairs,” The White House Office Of The Press Secretary, 9/9/93)

  • Clinton: “Not Only Will You Be Saying That The Individual Bears The Full Responsibility; You Will Be Sending Shock  Waves Through The Currently Insured Population…” HILLARY CLINTON: “Because not only will you be saying that the individual  bears the full responsibility; you will be sending shock  waves through the currently insured population that if there  is no requirement that employers continue to insure, then  they, too, may bear the individual responsibility.” (Press Release, “Remarks By The First Lady In Meeting With Senate And House Democratic Leaders And Committee Chairs,” The White House Office Of The Press Secretary, 9/9/93)

But As A Candidate For President, Hillary Clinton Incorporated An Individual Mandate In Her 2008 Health Care Plan

In The 2008 Campaign, “The Centerpiece Of Clinton's Plan Is The So-Called ‘Individual Mandate,’ Requiring Everyone To Have Health Insurance—Just As Most States Require Drivers To Purchase Auto Insurance.” (Beth Fouhy, “Clinton To Offer Health Care Plan,” Associated Press, 9/17/07)

  • Then-Candidate Hillary Clinton Said She Planned To Garnish Wages Or Enforce Her Individual Mandate Through Tax Mechanisms For Those Who Failed To Comply With Her Health Care Plan. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “And you talked about automatic enrollment -- will you garnish wages of people who don't comply, don't buy the insurance?” CLINTON: “George, we will have an enforcement mechanism, whether it's that or it's some other mechanism through the tax system or automatic enrollments, but you're missing I believe the key point.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 2/3/08)

And Just Days Ago, Hillary Clinton Affirmed Her Support For ObamaCare Which Includes The Individual Mandate

Hillary Clinton On ObamaCare: “I Think We Are On The Right Track In Many Respects.” “Hillary Clinton backed efforts to alter Obamacare on Wednesday, but also used her remarks to a health care group in Florida to offer a full defense of the sweeping and controversial law. ‘I think we are on the right track in many respects’ [said Clinton].” (Dan Merica, “Clinton Endorses Looking At ObamaCare Fixes, but Defends Law,” CNN, 2/26/14)

  • Clinton: “Why Do We Need To Try To Fix This? Because It Would Be A Great Tragedy, In My Opinion, To Take Away What Has Now Been Provided.” (Dan Merica, “Clinton Endorses Looking At ObamaCare Fixes, but Defends Law,” CNN, 2/26/14)

THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE WORRIED ABOUT PROMISING PEOPLE COULD KEEP THEIR PLAN – BUT HILLARY ECHOED THAT LIE IN 2008

In A 1994 White House Memo, Clinton Aides Worried About Over-Promising That People Would Be Able To Choose Their Doctors And Health Plans Since “We Know Full Well We Won’t Deliver.” “We have a line on p. 10 that says ‘You’ll pick the health plan and doctor of your choice.’ This sounds great and I know that it’s just what people want to hear. But can we get away with it? Isn’t the whole thrust of our health plan to steer people toward cheaper, HMO-style providers? It’s one thing to say we’ll preserve your option to pick the doctor of your choice (recognizing that this will cost more), it’s quite another to appear to promise the nation that everyone will get to pick the doctor of his or her choice. And that’s exactly what this line does. I am very worried about getting skewered or over-promising here on something we know full well we won’t deliver.” (White House Memo, 1/22/94)

In 2008, Hillary Clinton Promised That If You Like Your Plan, You Could Keep It, Just Like Obama And ObamaCare

Then-Candidate Hillary Clinton Said That Her Health Care Plan “Tells People, If You Have Health Insurance And You Are Happy With It, Nothing Changes.” HILLARY CLINTON:” Well, let me start by saying that this is the passionate cause of my public service. I started trying to expand health care many years ago, first to children, then to rural areas in Arkansas, and obviously tackled it during my husband's administration. And the reason why I have designed a plan that, number one, tells people, if you have health insurance and you are happy with it, nothing changes, is because we want to maximize choice for people.” (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Debate, Los Angeles, CA, 1/31/08)

PolitiFact Headline: “Lie Of The Year: ‘If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It.’” (Angie Drobnic Holan, “Lie Of The Year: ‘If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It,’” PolitiFact, 12/12/13)

  • The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Gave Obama’s Promise That Americans Could Keep Their Health Care Plan Four Pinocchios. “The president’s promise apparently came with a very large caveat: ‘If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan — if we deem it to be adequate.’ Four Pinocchios.” (Glenn Kessler, “Obama’s Pledge That ‘No One Will Take Away’ Your Health Plan,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 10/30/13)

HILLARY CLINTON WAS WARNED THAT THE EMPLOYER MANDATE WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO SMALL BUSINESS – BUT ADOPTED IT IN 2008

A White House Aide Warned Hillary Clinton That A Prominent House Democrat Was Concerned That An Employer Mandate Would Have “A Devastating” Impact “On Small Businesses.” “Interestingly, besides being the House Small Business Chairman, Congressman LaFalce is a cosponsor of Congressman McDermott's single payer bill. This meeting will be a general briefing on health care reform.. The Congressman will be particularly interested in the elements our plan share with a single payer system and the steps taken to minimize the impact on small businesses. The Congressman is concerned that health care reform, especially employer mandate approaches, could have a devastating affect on small businesses. It is primarily this concern that has lead LaFalce to support the single payer plan.” (White House Memo To Hillary Clinton, 6/28/93)

But Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Health Care Plan Included An Employer Mandate That Was Even More Severe Than ObamaCare’s Mandate

Hillary Clinton Said You Could Mandate Employers To Cover Employees’ Share Of Health Care. HILLARY CLINTON: “We cannot get to universal health care, which I believe is both a core Democratic value and imperative for our country, if we don't do one of three things. Either you can have a single payer system, or -- which, I know, a lot of people favor, but for many reasons, is difficult to achieve. Or, you can mandate employers. Well, that's also very controversial. Or, you can do what I am proposing, which is to have shared responsibility.” (Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential Debate, Los Angeles, CA, 1/31/08)

  • Under Clinton’s 2008 Plan, Small Businesses With 25 Or Fewer Workers Would Be Exempt From The Employer Mandate. “She tries to woo small businesses by offering a new tax credit to companies that offer health insurance to their workers. Under the previous Clinton plan, small businesses that failed to cover their workers would have been forced to pay fines. Mrs. Clinton didn’t give full details for how the tax plan would work, but aides said that businesses with about 25 or fewer workers would qualify for the help, with the credit phased out as the businesses’ work forces grow larger.” (Laura Meckler and Jackie Calmes, “Clinton Health Plan Courts Business Allies,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/18/07)

ObamaCare Exempts Small Businesses With Less Than 50 Employees From The Law’s Employer Mandate. “Small businesses with fewer than 50 workers have always been exempt from the Affordable Care Act coverage requirements, but the law originally required all other businesses to start covering their workers or face penalties beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The White House last July pushed that start date to 2015, in response to concerted pressure from the business community.” (Brett Norman and David Nather, “ObamaCare Delay Sparks New Mandate Fight,” Politico, 2/10/14)

DESPITE THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE’S ADMISSION THAT PREMIUMS WON’T GO DOWN, OBAMA & HILLARY BOTH MADE THE SAME BROKEN PROMISE

In A White House Memo, Staff Conceded That “People And Businesses Will Not See A Decrease In Their Premiums.” “It is important to note that people and businesses will not see a decrease in their premiums, despite the compression of system costs. If I were a business, and all my savings were directed to health care, then what benefit do I get? It is that the increases are stabilized. That needs to be stressed.” (White House Memo)

But In 2008, Hillary Clinton Promised Affordable Health Care – A Promise That Echoed Obama’s Broken Pledge On Premiums

Then Candidate Hillary Clinton Promised That Affordable Health Care For Everyone. HILLARY CLINTON: “So I am adamantly in favor of universal health care. And that means everybody is covered. And we will have a system to make it affordable, but it will be required, as part of shared responsibility, under a new way of making sure that we don't leave anybody out and provide quality, affordable health care for everyone.” (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1/21/08)

As A Candidate, Obama Promised His Plan Would “Bring Down Premiums By $2,500 For The Typical Family. “And if you already have health insurance and you want to keep that health insurance, we will bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family. And we will prevent insurance companies from discriminating against those who need care the most.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Raleigh, NC, 6/9/08)

“Average Premiums Increased 5% For Single Coverage And 4% For Family Coverage In The Last Year.” (“Employer Health Benefits; 2013 Annual Survey,” The Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/20/13)

“The Average Premium For Family Coverage Is $1,363 Per Month Or $16,351 Per Year.” (“Employer Health Benefits; 2013 Annual Survey,” The Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/20/13)

  • Under Obama, The Average Cost Of Family Health Care Premiums Has Increased By $3,671 From $12,680 To $16,351, A 29 Percent Increase. (“Employer Health Benefits; 2013 Annual Survey,” The Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/20/13)

“The Average Premium For Single Coverage In 2013 Is $490 Per Month Or $5,884 Per Year.” (“Employer Health Benefits; 2013 Annual Survey,” The Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/20/13)

  • Under Obama, The Average Cost Of Single Coverage Premiums Has Increased By $1,180, From $4,704 To $5,884, A 25 Percent Increase. (“Employer Health Benefits; 2013 Annual Survey,” The Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/20/13)

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