1) Illegal immigrants can't "afford" anything in her eyes (even though many make enough cash to send $20 billion home ) - so they'll get the same care as everyone else, and pay nothing. Even more incentive to come here, and less incentive to become legal and became W-2 serfs like the rest of us. Cash is King!
2) Of course single mothers can't "afford" to pay the full amount, so they'll get a free ride too. Why get married? Why stay married? Why even bother to have a job? - especially when your ex-husband's or ex-lover's W-2 can be garnished on top of what gets taken out for child support.
Some questions naturally come to mind, hard questions that none of the plans dare to address honestly.
1) Is dental and orthodontic care covered?
2) How about mental health care? Wellbutrin, Prozac etc, for people that feel anxious or depressed? Or for people that just feel unhappy?
3) Will universal health care pay for medical marijuana?
4) How about fertility treatments - the UK is considering paying for surrogate parenting.
5) How about abortions?
6) How about Viagra? Birth control?
7) How about affirmative action for health care? With scarce resources and past injustice, why not take race, ethnicity and gender into account when allocating expensive treatments? If race can be a factor in university admissions, why can't it be a factor in arranging heart transplants? Lawyers and courts will love this one!
8) For a married, working couple that refuses to buy insurance - which spouse gets their wages taken?
9) What about civil unions - whose wages get taken?
Regarding 1) and 2) on Billary's website, they have separate plan descriptions for different groups of constituancies. Apparently Hispanics need dental care . . .
Through the Health Choices Menu of Senator Clinton’s plan, all Americans will be able to choose and afford an insurance plan that covers mental health services and dental care in most cases, just like the plans available to Members of Congress.
. . .while women really, really need mental health care (their plan says nothing about dental care)
Major depression and dysthymia, a type of mood disorder, affect twice as many women as men, regardless of racial and ethnic background or economic status.13 The plans in the new Health Choices Menu, which provides the high quality care that Members of Congress receive, cover mental health care services to the same extent that they cover physical illnesses.
Woman, are, of course, special. They get an explicit promise of coverage, and they don't even need a job:
Under the American Health Choices Plan, every woman will be covered regardless of employment or marital status.
. . . and an explicit promise that marriage is irrelevant (for women, anyway):
Women will receive a refundable, income-contingent tax credit that ensures that they never have to decide between paying their health premiums and providing for their children’s basic needs.
Affirmative action in health care policy is the natural next step, considering that the plan is - at its inception- already balkanized. It is nothing more than a medley of policy treats that are promoted specifically as a means of addressing past bias against favored groups. Ethic groups are promised that there will be subsidized training for health care providers to learn their native language - and also be taught to "respect cultural differences." Note that the ethnically and racially targeted plan descriptions promise to "Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care", while the plan description targeted to women promises to "end the persistent disparities in health outcomes between women who have access to health care and those who do not." Apparently Billary doesn't want to let woman know that their care might suffer to make things better for minorities. Why be realistic? - it is all politics.
I've checked the plan descriptions for women and Hispanics. Each highlight the areas where the current system is unfair to the group in question. Now, you would think that one unfairness in the current system is that the life expectancy for men is 5.6 years less than women. Think that's a serious problem? Bill and Hillary could care less. Note that their "plan to fight cancer" mentions mammograms and pap smears - not a word about prostrate cancer. Woman and Hispanics get their own plan description, along with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders - but men don't warrant a plan description of their own.
The reason men don't warrant their own plan description is simple. We'll wind up with a health care system that is all about providing special services to favored constituencies, and the responsibility to pay for all of this - whether through taxes or the wages that Hillary garnishees - will be borne primarily by men.
Despite my libertarian leanings, I support universal health care. I agree with Michael Moore when he wonders why, if we can provide free health care to prisoners in Guantonimo, why we can't provide the same for Americans? So I support basic, routine and catastrophic health care for all American citizens. Not dental care, not mental health care. Preventative care - yes. But if you are unhappy in life, or frustrated about the hand that you've been dealt, see a counselor or a clergyman - not a doctor (unless you want to pay out of pocket). Health care should be paid by tax dollars and administered by a politically independent body whose governors are appointed to lifetime tenure. Since governments are always less efficient than the market, we'll have lower quality health care, on average, and higher costs in total.
But it will be fairer, and more humane.