Over at The Corner they are quoting a McCain staffer dissing Hillary’s “3AM judgment”–on healthcare:
“When Hillary Clinton picked up the phone years ago on health care, she answered by calling for a government takeover of one-seventh of the U.S. economy with her nationalized health care plan — a plan flatly rejected by the American people. That’s the kind of experience and judgment she’d bring to the White House.”
I guess the wingers at the the Corner think that the notoriously methodical and painfully detailed approach the Clinton’s brought to their health plan proposal in 1993 is usefully compared to a “3AM judgment”. Whatever. That’s the least of the nuttiness of this comment.
The assertion that the Clinton plan represented “a government takeover of one-seventh of the U.S. economy” is flat wrong. Healthcare is one-seventh of the economy, but the government already pays for nearly half of healthcare costs via Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA. I don’t hear McCain or his staffers calling for repeal of those “nationalized healthcare” programs. Why? Maybe its because the beneficiaries of those programs like them. Maybe its because one of those beneficiaries is McCain himself.
I hope the American people don’t “flatly reject” those programs. Otherwise, McCain and millions of other people, would be denied health insurance.