Obama expanded health insurance

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I was dismayed to see the article in the Feb. 2 Juneau Empire about the Clinton campaign's repeated attacks against Sen. Barack Obama and his commitment to universal health care coverage.

Obama is the only candidate who has actually expanded health care insurance to more Americans - as a result of his efforts as a state legislator, more than 150,000 children and parents in Illinois now have affordable health insurance.

Obama has put forward a universal health care plan that reflects his belief that the reason why Americans don't have health insurance isn't because they don't want it, rather it's because they can't afford it. That's why his plan reduces health care costs more than any other candidate in this race.

Meanwhile, rather than engage in a productive discussion about how to best achieve universal health care coverage, Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to disingenuously attack Obama's motives and desire to enact a universal plan, simply because he does not force people to buy insurance that is unaffordable. Health care experts and political pundits alike have debunked the Clinton arguments for what they are - pure political posturing. I encourage the Juneau Empire to do the same.

Jesse Cross-Call


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