Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Speech- no. 4

In her speech of 6/7/08 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Senator Clinton referred not once, not twice, but three times to health care:

We fought for the woman who grabbed my hand and asked me, “What are you going to do to make sure I have health care?” and began to cry, because even though she works three jobs, she can’t afford insurance.

We fought for the young man in the Marine Corps T-shirt who waited months for medical care and said, “Take care of my buddies over there, and then will you please take care of me?”

We fought for all those who’ve lost jobs and health care....


We all want a health care system that is universal, high-quality and affordable … so that parents don’t have to choose between care for themselves or their children or be stuck in dead-end jobs simply to keep their insurance.

This isn’t just an issue for me. It is a passion and a cause, and it is a fight I will continue until every single American is insured, no exceptions and no excuses.

And finally,

And that together we will work — we’ll have to work hard to achieve universal health care. But on the day we live in an America where no child, no man, and no woman is without health insurance, we will live in a stronger America. That’s why we need to help elect Barack Obama our president.

I like this emphasis personally but on a cautionary note: Clinton likely will be able to use the inadequacy of our health care system in a second run (should she attempt it) for the presidency, because we probably will not have solved this problem in either four, or eight, years- especially, but not only, if John McCain is elected president.

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