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  •  I would not MIND if Hillary runs/wins (1+ / 0-)
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    It just wouldn't be that inspiring.  She would doubtless get universal healthcare going, though, and that's a big item on my agenda.

    What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell

    by RequestedUsername on Mon Nov 13, 2006 at 08:30:33 AM PST

    •  Don't be too sure about health care (0+ / 0-)

      Hillary was the reason that there was no deal on health care in 1993.  She was unwilling to back away from "universal" coverage, even in the face of strong opposition and the possibility of a compromise that would have left 90-95% of the American public with health insurance.  This is covered very well by John Harris' excellent "The Contender."  (Incidentally, Harris was Halperin's co-author on the current book;  I swear I'm not their literary agent!)

      •  All the more reason she'll get it done (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe I'm projecting from when I paid no attention to politics, but it seems like everyone is a lot more aware now, 13 years later, that we really do need universal coverage.  If she almost got it done in 1993, with a less pressing need and a Democratic majority on the way out the door, how much more successful will it be next time?

        What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell

        by RequestedUsername on Mon Nov 13, 2006 at 09:05:24 AM PST

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        •  That's not quite how it happened (0+ / 0-)

          She didn't almost get it done.  She wanted everything or nothing, and chose nothing.  And that was with a far more left-leaning, bigger Democratic majority than the one we now have (there weren't any Blue Dogs yet).  The reason they got booted out the door was largely because of the health care fiasco.

          But I agree that the situation has gotten far more dire, and the public consesus for a solution has shifted more in our favor.

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