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Health Care Clusterfumble

Posted by Rob Longenecker on November 15th, 2006

In this age of left-wing spinmeisters and doublespeaking bullsh*t artists I am pleasantly surprised when a liberal tells the truth – in this case by Brad DeLong about Hillary Clinton. This is worth knowing the next time you run into a gushing, google-eyed Hillary groupie and wish to burst their bubble of uninformed grandiosity.

DeLong worked as part of the Treasury Department in the Clinton administration. He’s seen Hillary Clinton in action as an administrator and has posted a warning on his blog about letting Hillary anywhere near the White House.

Recently, bathing in the afterglow of a democrat takeover of Congress, Hillary Clinton warned “Health care is coming back,” adding, “It may be a bad dream for some.”

It may be a bad dream for Mrs. Clinton, at least if she does decide to make a bid for the West Wing. In a 2003 blog entry, liberal economist Brad DeLong explained why:

“My two cents’ worth–and I think it is the two cents’ worth of everybody who worked for the Clinton Administration health care reform effort of 1993-1994–is that Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life. 

Heading up health-care reform was the only major administrative job she has ever tried to do. And she was a complete flop at it. She had neither the grasp of policy substance, the managerial skills, nor the political smarts to do the job she was then given. And she wasn’t smart enough to realize that she was in over her head and had to get out of the Health Care Czar role quickly.

So when senior members of the economic team said that key senators like Daniel Patrick Moynihan would have this-and-that objection, she told them they were disloyal.

When junior members of the economic team told her that the Congressional Budget Office would say such-and-such, she told them (wrongly) that her conversations with CBO head Robert Reischauer had already fixed that.

When long-time senior hill staffers told her that she was making a dreadful mistake by fighting with rather than reaching out to [Sen.] John Breaux and [Rep.] Jim Cooper, she told them that they did not understand the wave of popular political support the bill would generate.

And when substantive objections were raised to the plan by analysts calculating the moral hazard and adverse selection pressures it would put on the nation’s health-care system . . .[she ignored them.]

Hillary Rodham Clinton has already flopped as a senior administrative official in the executive branch–the equivalent of an Undersecretary. Perhaps she will make a good senator. But there is no reason to think that she would be anything but an abysmal president.”

Note: Bold text added by your faithful TGL blogger – me.

P.S.

I request you link to this and send it to everyone you know who is committed to keeping the left-wing of the democrat party from screwing up our health care system. There is room for improvement in the system but not Hillary’s version or anything resembling it.

 

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