Hillary Clinton: Healthcare Reform debacle (1993)
When Bill Clinton was president he gave his wife some make-work projects to help with, to consistently disastrous results. The first was "Hillarycare". There's debate whether she was just doing Bill's bidding (and offering him cover), or she was the great negotiator she pretended, but it was a disaster. It also was clear what her motives and mode of operation was: secret negotiations to make government bigger, crony kickbacks, and a shrill reaction at other people's shrill reaction at being dictated to and cut out of the loop. A foretelling pattern?
Hillary took authority over health care reform:
- she started secret closed meetings -- that polarized the public and industry against her
- She threatened to "demonize" anyone that was resisting these efforts
- Despite a democratic controlled congress, she couldn't their own party to bring anything she suggested up to a vote
- Even Mitchell's compromise bill effort (unifying all the efforts the democrats had fragmented into) couldn't get a majority, let alone a filibuster proof one
This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts, and made healthcare reform a 3rd rail of politics for 15 years. And there was litigation around Hillary's violations of the openness in government laws. And it as such a disaster that it contributed to the Republicans taking over the house in 1994.
|Hillary Clinton: Two Face
Because of this issue, "It takes a village", "Healthcare Reform debacle" and other "scandals" where when people found out how Hillary truly thought or did business, the public didn't like her. Hillary learned from that to be more duplicitous (hide her true beliefs from the voters), to quote:
That two-faced aspect of her persona, lead to more distrust by the informed. Those who payed attention KNEW she was lying to them, or at least concealing her true beliefs. And they also knew she was far more left wing than the skin of a moderate she wore like a cheap pantsuit, because whenever she slipped and let out who she was, it wasn't every more centrist than people thought. more...