The Health Care Debate Advances

The announcement of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan is notable for two reasons.

First, Clinton joins the other leading Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards in embracing the core element from Jacob Hacker’s “Health Care for America” plan — providing adults under 65 the option of a public health insurance plan that competes with private insurers and helps ensure that everyone has coverage.

Simply put: “Health Care For America” reshaped the presidential race and moved the health care debate forward, perhaps more than any single development this year.


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