‘TAKE IT FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS’…. Former President Bill Clinton releases a statement this afternoon:
“America stands at a historic crossroads. At last, we are close to making real health insurance reform a reality. We face one critical, final choice, between action and inaction. We know where the path of inaction leads to: more uninsured Americans, more families struggling to keep up with skyrocketing premiums, higher federal budget deficits, and health costs so much higher than any other country’s they will cripple us economically.
“Our only responsible choice is the path of action. Does this bill read exactly how I would write it? No. Does it contain everything everyone wants? Of course not. But America can’t afford to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
“And this is a good bill: it increases the security of those who already have insurance and gives every American access to affordable coverage; and contains comprehensive efforts to control costs and improve quality, with more information on best practices, and comparative costs and results. The bill will shift the power away from the insurance companies and into the hands of consumers.
“Take it from someone who knows: these chances don’t come around every day. Allowing this effort to fall short now would be a colossal blunder — both politically for our party and, far more important, for the physical, fiscal, and economic health of our country.”
As I recall, Clinton has some experience with this issue, and saw first-hand what happened to his presidency, his party, and the country after the last real effort to improve the system came up short.
If memory serves, this is the first formal policy statement the former president has issued since President Obama took office in January. Whether it has an effect remains to be seen, but it certainly can’t hurt.
Any chance the Big Dog has any sway with Ben Nelson?