As reported by NBC News on Dec. 16, 2014, Hillary Clinton still bears the title as the presumptive front runner for the Democratic Party’s hopes of keeping the White House in 2016. Yet Republicans aren’t done reminding the nation that Hillarycare very well could have been a much bigger and broader-reaching federal program than even the much derided Obamacare health insurance plan.
Possible 2016 presidential hopeful Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana recently penned in The Washington Examiner that the tree of Obamacare was actually a seed planted by Hillary Rodham Clinton more than two decades ago. As the son of Punjabi immigrants opined “beginning with Hillarycare in 1993, it took the Left 16 long years to realize their dream of creating a new entitlement program and giving control of the American healthcare system to the federal government.”
Possibly out-Republicaning Jindal was columnist A. Barton Hinkle of the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch who made a none-too-subtle swipe at Clinton with an op-ed entitled, “Obamacare: It Could Be Worse.” If the title didn’t give away the tone of his article, Hinkle’s sub-title erased all doubt, “Hillarycare was tossed onto the ash heap of history—but it still had profound consequences.” Perhaps best summing up the GOP overall attitude of the since defeated Health Security Act of 1993, “… if Hillary Clinton had gotten her way, America now would be saddled with something even worse.”
Saved in perpetuity by the Library of Congress, mere weeks after her husband was sworn into the presidency in 1993, H.R.C. found herself chairing the committee charged with constructing what eventually became popularly known as Hillarycare.
Despite the outrage many conservatives and libertarians have expressed regarding what they consider another case of Democrat “Big Government” intrusion on both individual citizens and the insurance industry, the consolation proffered up by Hinkle could be a valid point the GOP may consider. Gov. Jindal’s specifying H.R.C.’s involvement in 1993’s Health Security Act may signal one of the strategies the Cajun State’s Chief Executive could use in his possible run for the White House.
Per the cited link to the Health Security Act via the Library of Congress, under Section 1323(h)(i) of Title I, officials assigned to any presumptive Hillarycare “regional alliance” has the authority to enroll any citizen in a plan of their choice should said citizen personally chose not to enroll. And in keeping with Section 1323(h)(i) of Title I, the targeted citizen would be required to pay twice the premium he or she would have paid otherwise.
Another specific of the Republican charge of Nanny State-ism regarding Hillarycare could be forced “contributions” any given employee would under the pain of law be compelled to abide or face criminal charges. Under Section 1345(b)(1)(A) of Title I, the person’s employer will deduct from his paycheck the amount owed.
Section 1344(b) makes it clear that if the amount a citizen owes is not paid by the applicable deadline, then he or she would be subject to interest and penalty charges. Section 1345(d)(2) makes clear that “repeated failure” to pay a person can be assessed be both civil and monetary penalties up to $5,000 or three times what that person owes, “whichever is greater.”
Regional alliances, under Section 1345(a) of Title I, are authorized to use credit and collection procedures to collect the money with assistance from state governments. And the states are authorized, under Section 1202(d) of Title 1, to help the regional alliances collect monies owed, and “shall assure that the amounts owed are paid.” And for good measure, Section 1345(d)(2) says that the Secretary of Labor can also help the regional alliances with collections.
Yet with Americans notorious for always wanting the bottom line, the Bill Clinton Administration made public Health Security. The President’s Report to the American people, pg. 112.
The Cost to Employers and Employment
Clinton Estimates for 1994
Costs of Health Care Reform Plan
Policy Type and National Premium
Two-Parent family with Children – $4,360
Single-Parent family – $3,893
Couple – $3,865
Single Person – $1,932
According to the inflation calculator at Calculator.net, adjustments from 1994 to 2014 would be as follows;
Two-Parent family with Children – $$7,035.56
Single-Parent family – $6,281.98
Couple – $6,236.80
Single Person – $3,117.59