Monday, January 14, 2008

He doesn't like her either

Christopher Hitchens, near the end of a long list of charges against Hillary Clinton (a list that includes the worst charges of the 1990s Hillary-hating lunatic fringe) --

Well, the main "experience" involved the comprehensive fouling-up of the nation's health-care arrangements, so as to make them considerably worse than they had been before and to create an opening for the worst-of-all-worlds option of the so-called HMO, combining as it did the maximum of capitalist gouging with the maximum of socialistic bureaucracy.

Hitch does not know or does not care that the whole point of "Hillarycare" as its opponents called it is it didn't pass. It was a proposal that got nowhere. She didn't foul up anything. HMOs have been around since the 1970s.

As a wordsmith, Hitch actually has a good description of the current healthcare system in the US. But it's that way because of his rightwing buddies, not because of Hillary Clinton. You'd think an avowed socialist would at least credit her for attempting universal coverage. If he was a socialist.

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