HILLARY AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES….Hillary Clinton hasn’t yet released details of her universal healthcare plan, but Karen Tumulty reports this line from the healthcare debate in Las Vegas last week:

Clinton warned that her plan will spark a “big political battle” because it will mean “taking money away from people who make out really well right now.” And who might those people be? “Well,” she answered, “let’s start with the insurance companies.”

Yes, let’s! I like her plan already.

On the other hand, I’m not much of a fan of one of the other pillars of her upcoming plan: employer mandates, in which employers are required to either provide healthcare plans themselves or pay into a common fund of some kind. It seems like a mess, and it generates huge opposition among business groups. Just fund the thing with a VAT or an income tax increase and be done with it.

But I’m just dreaming here. If and when universal healthcare comes, it’s almost certain to include an employer mandate. Probably lots of other clunky provisions that I don’t like too. It’s not easy passing a camel through the eye of a conference committee.