Clinton Proposes Increased Federal Regulation Of Health Insurers

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Presidentialcandidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Monday during a discussion ofher health care proposal in Goffstown, N.H., said health insurers shouldface the same type of federal regulations as brokerages, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Clinton said that the federal governmentshould increase regulation of health insurers, although states could implementadditional rules.

According to Clinton,the current system allows health insurers to move to states with more favorableregulations and offer policies with limited benefits. She said, "We can'tdo this state by state. No state has the ability to get everyone in their stateto get the insurance they need." Clintonadded that health insurers spend $50 billion annually to avoid payment ofclaims.

"This is all part of the business model," she said, adding, "Isay to them, use the $50 billion to actually take care of people." AmberWilkerson, a spokesperson for the RepublicanNational Committee,said, "If there's one thing voters can count on when it comes to HillaryClinton's proposals, it's that she's always in favor of more Washington, D.C.,regulation and bureaucracy" (Ramer, AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution,11/26).

Clinton Discusses Obama

Clinton on Monday in an interview with the Des Moines Register said that presidential candidateSen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has not specified if his health care proposal wouldexpand health insurance to all U.S.residents. She said, "It is important for a Democrat to have the strengthand political courage to put forth a plan that will cover everyone, and all ofus have, except for Senator Obama." According to Clinton, Obama would not require residents toobtain health insurance, as she and other Democratic presidential candidateshave proposed.

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Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor said, "It is a universal health care plan.Senator Obama has a different approach ... in that the first step is cuttingcosts, which is why his does more to cut costs than anyone." Vietor addedthat Clinton"refuses to talk about how she would enforce her mandate" (Beaumont, DesMoines Register, 11/27).

HIV/AIDS Proposal

Clinton on Tuesday plans to announce aproposal to improve federal efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. andworldwide, the New York Times reports. The proposal would provideat least $50 billion for HIV/AIDS programs worldwide by 2013. In addition, theproposal also would double funds for HIV/AIDS research at NIH to $5.2billion annually.

According to information provided by the Clinton campaign, the proposal seeksto significantly reduce the number of new HIV/AIDS infections, offer youngindividuals "age-appropriate information about HIV/AIDS and how to protectthemselves against it," and provide federal funds for needle-exchangeprograms. The New York Times reports that Clinton's plan is "similar" to the plansof former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and Obama "in terms of spending,goals and differences with President Bush's AIDS policy." According to theNew York Times, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) has alsodiscussed funding for HIV/AIDS in Africa(Healy/Altman, New York Times, 11/27).

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