Clinton healthcare proposal resembles President Nixon’s 1974 comprehensive health insurance plan. Did anyone call Nixon’s plan socialized medicine?

November 28th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Out in blogsphere, one of the criticisms I hear about Hillary Clinton is that she’s a socialist. Sure, she supports the expansion of certain social programs, but I find it ironic how the level of criticism she receives is heightened when it comes to her healthcare proposal. In 1974, Nixon proposed a new plan to cover uninsured Americans that would have built on existing employer-sponsored insurance plans and would have given government subsidies to the self-employed and small businesses to ensure universal access to health insurance. Nixon and Hillary Clinton both maintained that their plans would not create a new bureaucracy, and both programs called for universal access to health insurance. Do you think anyone called President Nixon a socialist or Comrade Nixon at the time? The article I link to also reveals that 64 percent of Americans support federally guaranteed health insurance for all citizens. Hopefully, we will get something thirty some odd years later, and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor former President Nixon than by investing in the health of our nation.

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  • 1 Michaelr // Nov 28, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    That’s because Fox News wasn’t around yet, and Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Bill O’Reilly and his gang of feces weren’t promoting their political agenda on the airwaves. If Republican candidates were promoting universal access to health insurance, they would be biting the hand that feeds them. The HMO lobby owns (quite literally) and feeds (gives huge infusions of cash to) most of the Republican representation in Congress and most State governments. By demonizing the whole health care issue, and labeling it socialism (which by the way if people who criticize socialism actually understood what socialism is, they wouldn’t condemn it) they instill and promote the public fear of even moderate change. Richard Nixon understood what Bill and Hillary Clinton understand, that the federal government is responsible, for the care and protection of its citizens. The Reagan, Bush, and Bush/Cheney administrations have moved away from that responsibility to its citizens, and have fed the American people communist/Iraqi/terrorist fantasies to line the pockets of their financial supporters with our tax dollars. Every day you go to work and you pay taxes on this and that, and everything else. And what does that buy you? Continued fear from Dick Cheney about a so-called terrorist named Osama bin Laden, who is probably at this moment sipping coffee with Sana bin Laden in Boston, and talking about increasing their ownership in the Carlyle Group, now that a barrel of oil is quickly approaching $100.

  • 2 HispanicPundit // Nov 30, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Comparing Clinton’s policies to those of Nixon’s is yet another reason to be against her health care reforms. Nixon was, by almost anybodies standards – and I say this as someone sympathetic to the right – economically illiterate. Even “right wing” economists that worked with him say so. The best people can say about him is in foreign policy, certainly not economics.

    So yes, that doesn’t make Hillary’s health care reforms ‘socialized’ medicine, but it sure doesn’t give credence to the economics of her policy.

  • 3 Alan Loya // Jan 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Well I would contend that this article is actually wrong. Whoever wrote this, is probably a genuinely fine person, and perhaps forgot or overlooked that Nixon was actually slammed by many as being radically “off” economically, and even a few did call him a Socialist. He froze prices and wages in a move many called “Socialistic” and did so for an extended period of time. (You can see that here:
    I also disagree with the conclusion that Hillary would impose a system parallel to Clinton’s. But the article is dead-on in the conclusion that one payer and multi-payer systems are both better than the one we have. The healthcare system is fraught with ridiculously horrible HMO behaviors that include cancelling coverage on seriously ill people–while at the same time paying some of their CEOs as much as a billion dollars–and this is all done in the name of protecting their investors! They are as amazing a bag of dirty tricks as one will find in the modern world.
    And while it is funny that Bush worries that helping out middle income people who are not low income enough to qualify for Medicare, because Mr. Bush is worried that this will go too far and “crowd out” private carriers, is totally astounding. (See that here:
    commentary_by_froma_harrop/the_wisdom_of_crowds) He just does not care about the quality or cost of people who may earn 50,000 for a family of four, but perhaps Mr. Bush just feels that the these people are just not smart enough or careful enough to pay for coverage that simply may not be there when they need it most. Bush is just a worried guy. Poor little HMOs, they really have it bad.

  • 4 Ted Kennedy Dies at 77 - Page 2 - Message Board // Aug 27, 2009 at 6:17 am

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  • 5 Erbie Gentry // Mar 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    This is dumb, how can you compare a healthcare bill that didn’t go anywhere? It didn’t go anywhere because someone thought it was B A D ! Democrats, Republicans, etc. if you can’t sell a rotten tomato to a customer, keep selling the same thing to him 34 years later! Just because Nixon was a Republican means nothing, nothing at all.

  • 6 Erbie Gentry // Mar 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I am astounded about the illegal alien hoopla. I don’t care if you name is Goodwell or Rivera, you are an American, not a Mexican, Costa Rican or whatever. Besides, what is the difference between a Mexican illegal that we allow to stay and say a Nigerian that we send home, kinda racist, right, one is just a little dark that will allow to stay and the one that is black, next plane home, and don’t bother to try and come back or it will be jail next time. So lets just tear down all barriers and let anyone in, we are an equal opportunity country, right!

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