Hillary health care (part 2)

The press is abuzz today hyping up the fact that Hillary is going to unveil her health care plan today. (Of course, I'm a hypocrite for not only point this out but also making this a post of my own.) Here's the beginning of the AP article.

Des Moines, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is unveiling a sweeping health care proposal Monday that would require everyone to carry health insurance and offer federal subsidies to help reduce the cost of coverage.

Fulfilling a pledge to bring health care to all, Clinton's "American Health Choices Plan" has a price tag of about $110 billion per year. It represents her first major effort to achieve universal health coverage since 1994, when the plan she authored during her husband's first term collapsed.

Here's an interesting quote from today's CNN article citing why her first plan didn't work out...
As first lady in 1993 and 1994, Clinton spearheaded an effort that would have overhauled the provision of health care. Critics compared her plan to socialized medicine, and it was killed by opposition from special-interest groups -- including doctors and pharmaceutical companies.
I just love when docs are lumped together with pharmaceutical companies - and then blamed for the reason that the United States does not have "universal" health care - this is very Michael Moore-like. (Aside: It's always enjoyable to see MM being taken on by the main stream media like CNN and ABC.)

In case you were wondering, here is a decent AP article outlining the stated positions of the other presidential candidates. I'm no political pundit. But in just talking with people around town (supposed grassroots America), I believe that health care is the number one domestic issue that will shape next year's presidential election.