Hillary Clinton Promotes Health Care Proposal To Attract Hispanic Voters
Democraticpresidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is"calculating" that her experience on the issue of health care willprovide her with an advantage over rival Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) among Hispanic voters, the WallStreet Journal reports.
According to the Journal, the "Hispanic vote is huge" inmany of the states that will hold Democratic presidential primaries on Feb. 5,as Hispanics account for 22.8% of eligible voters in California, 17% in Arizona,12.3% in Colorado, 11.4% in New York and 9.9% in New Jersey. A nationwidesurvey conducted last fall by Pew HispanicCenter found thatHispanics cited education, health care and the economy as their most importantissues.
As a result, the Clintoncampaign "plays up" her health care proposal and the "fact thather plan demands universal coverage for all Americans while Mr. Obama's"would require coverage only for children, the Journal reports. TheClinton campaign also believes that "risingeconomic anxiety" will provide "extra punch to the Clinton history and emphasis on healthcare," according to the Journal (Kaufman/Seib, WallStreet Journal, 1/29).
"Health care has beena sleeper issue in the Republican presidential primaries," but the"GOP does have ... big and transformative ideas designed to energize thefree market to target many of the problems that plague our health sector,"Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute and a health care adviser toRepublican candidates former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. JohnMcCain (Ariz.), writes in a Journal opinion piece.
According to Turner, Republican candidates have "announced plans thatwould give more power and control to individuals over their health care andhealth insurance, breaking the employment-based coverage lock." She addsthat such proposals are a "far cry from the proposals" of Democraticcandidates, who "talk about patient choices and private insuranceoptions" but have announced plans that "rely on a much bigger dose ofgovernment."
The differences in health proposals from Republican and Democratic presidentialcandidates are "stark," Turner writes, adding, "The choice thiselection year is real" (Turner, Wall Street Journal, 1/29).
PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on Monday reported on the opinions of New Jersey voters on healthcare issues as part of a series of reports on states with Feb. 5 presidentialprimaries. According to a recent poll conducted by the Center for State Health Policy at RutgersUniversity, health care is an importantissue for New Jerseyresidents. About 60% of New Jerseyresidents would agree to pay higher taxes to expand health insurance for allresidents, the poll found.
The segment includes comments from Joel Cantor, director of the Rutgers Centerfor State Health Policy, and New Jersey residents. The segment also includes adiscussion with New Jerseyresidents about health care costs and proposals from presidential candidates(Aron/Woodruff, "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," PBS, 1/28).
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