Hillary Unveils Second Shot at Health Reform

Critics attack plan as 'bad medicine' no more viable than 1994 effort
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2007 3:34 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks about her health care policy, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton unveiled her new plan for universal health care today—13 years after her failed first attempt to reform the American system. The proposal requires coverage for all uninsured Americans and offers tax credits for those who can't afford insurance while still keeping private companies in the picture. "These are new times and this is a new plan," says the candidate.

The plan would cost about $110 billion a year, paid for partly by cost savings and expiring tax credits for the wealthy. While Clinton stressed less bureaucracy than her first plan, however, rivals were quick to bash the plan as more of the same. Said GOP candidate Mitt Romney: "Hillarycare continues to be bad medicine."