Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks mandating the purchase of private health insurance is a political train wreck (not to mention overpriced and inefficient). Dave Johnson writes:
But Hillary says her plan will have a mandate to buy health insurance. FORCING people to give money to greedy, corrupt corporations? This is political suicide. Readers know how I feel about insurance companies. I will never vote for someone with the brilliant idea of forcing me to give my money to greedy corporations so their CEOs can buy bigger jets. This shows that Hillary now (correctly) feels it is safer politically to go up against the needs of the people than the wishes of the insurance companies.
Hillary’s “mandates” plan proves that the only way we can have health insurance is with a Medicare-for-all system. Period. She may be trying to tell us that.
Actually, I think the reason she prefers mandates is because she’s working under the Halliburton model: (barely) acceptable service for exorbitant prices. And, like most politicians in both parties, she’s too chickenshit to take on health insurance corporations, even though they’re probably less popular than many infectious diseases.