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Podesta Slams Sanders’ Health Plan, ‘We Live In A Leftie Universe’

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

Chairman of the Clinton 2016 campaign John Podesta harshly rejected Sen. Bernie Sanders’ health plan, and decried the progressive Democratic base, in an e-mail released Monday through WikiLeaks.

“Not sure how it’s playing out on your end but having been seeing a lot of negative stuff online about the single payer hit on Bernie. See it being fit into the she’s dishonest/will say anything to win frame. So I just wanted you to make sure you were cognizant of that,” Judd Legum, editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress, wrote Podesta in an e-mail Jan. 13, 2016.

Podesta replies the next day thanking Mr. Legum, saying that “his actual proposal sucks, but we live in a leftie alternative universe.”

Hillary’s first attempts to intervene in the healthcare marketplace occurred in 1993, while she was first lady, and her solutions were not too different than what Mr. Legum was challenging about Sanders.

HillaryCare, as she has famously coined it this campaign cycle, was a plan for comprehensive government take over of the healthcare system, with the end goal of having a single-payer, national healthcare system.

Hillary Clinton is now addressing the problems with Obamacare on the national campaign stage. Hillary says she will “defend and expand” Obamacare, according to Clinton’s campaign website. Her current solution to the mass exodus of insurance companies from the failing exchanges across the nation is to institute a full-scale “public option.” (RELATED: Obama, Former Chief Health Official Already Floating Public Option To Replace Failing Obamacare)

A public option would essentially “be a government-sponsored and government-run insurance plan, probably modeled on the traditional Medicare program, which would be offered to customers on the exchanges as an alternative to the private-insurance plans,” according to AEI.

Backed by taxpayer money, a public option would act in direct competition to private insurance plans on the exchange marketplace. A public option would not be in the business of competing for price equilibrium, as would be the case in any private marketplace where firms vie for competitive advantage in pricing to get the greatest share of the market possible.

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