The Washington Post reported today that Hillary’s fans have never given up on a top-down government-run health care system. After lamely claiming that during her blue-plate-special first presidency, “we could not put together the political consensus we needed” on health care (when she was much more My Way or the Highway), reporters Anne Kornblut and Dan Balz reported on the crowd of Iowa Democrats still pining for European/Canadians “solutions” on health:
In keeping with her expressed desire to hold a “conversation with Iowans,” Clinton asked at one point for a show of hands from the audience to see how many would prefer employer-based health insurance, how many would prefer a system in which individuals purchased insurance, with help from the government if necessary, and how many would prefer a system modeled on Medicare.
The audience overwhelmingly favored moving toward a Medicare-like system for all Americans. But Clinton, recalling the famous “Harry and Louise” ads run by opponents of her early-’90s health-care plan, warned that until there is greater political consensus, the same kind of attacks could sink any new efforts to provide universal coverage.
“I’ve been through this, so I know how hard it’s going to be,” she said.