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   Clinton Delivers Long-Awaited Health Care Proposal

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9/17/2007 7:00 pm

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Washington Post

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Proposed Legislation

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Entered 9/17/2007, Updated 9/17/2007

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) unveiled her long-awaited proposal for health care coverage here on Monday, describing a plan that would pair government resources with private insurance plans to help insure all Americans. She emphatically declared that her program would "not create a single new government department, agency or bureaucracy." Although the program would require individuals to obtain insurance and large companies to help insure employees, the program would also rely on tax credits and allow satisfied patients to retain aspects of the current system. It would expand Medicaid, and be paid for, at least in part, by allowing tax cuts for taxpayers earning more than $250,000 a year to expire. Clinton used the words "choice" or "choose" more than a dozen times in her approximately 45 minute address. But her goals, she said, were sweeping: To provide health insurance for every American, including the 47 million who are currently uninsured, and to make it affordable and cost-effective.


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