Mar 5, 2008

Hillary Clinton All The Way!

Have you decided who you are going to vote for yet? Do you know if you are even a Democrat or Republican? This was something I didn't really look into until I was in college, but I'm not sure I would even know why I stood for one reason or another if it wasn't for my Philosophy Class on controversial issues. Like religion, we often do not question our beliefs but follow those with strong beliefs around us. This is going to be one of the MOST important elections of our time. If you have not decided yet, here are a few facts that will hopefully light a fire under your booty.

The Diet Diva is a Hillary supporter. However, since I studied journalism and political science in college, I will do my best to remain unbiased (CNN and FOXNews are really good at this.)


According to Hillary, the main issues that separates these two close competitors is their stance on universal health care. Hill believes we should have universal, Obama does not. "Well, there are issue differences. I am strongly in favor of universal health care and I have presented a plan to achieve that. Sen. Obama has not," Clinton told a Vermont news station. "And I know how Vermont is interested in quality affordable health care for everyone."

Sen. Clinton boasts that she has specific plans to make a change, and has a track record for producing results. I actually also learned that had it not been for Hillary, the morning after pill would not be legal. Another great promise, not so nutritious but Hillary promised that “Each year on my birthday everyone gets a cupcake,” in September on Letterman.

Back to health care, if you have not seen Michael Moore's movie "Sicko," it is quite the eye opener. Sure, you need to take in the fact that this is a Michael Moore video, but it's quite informative in regards to what exactly universal health care would provide and how health care currently works in the US. I find out current plan frustrating. Here is a clip from an an NYT article after one of the debates:

Mrs. Clinton's plan would require all Americans to get coverage and would provide subsidies to make it more affordable. Mr. Obama's plan would require only children to have coverage; his plan would require employers to provide coverage or contribute to a new public program that would make insurance more affordable to people not covered by their jobs or by the government.

“The only difference between Senator Clinton's health care plan and mine is that she thinks the problem for people without health care is that nobody has mandated - forced - them to get health care,” Mr. Obama said. “That's not what I'm seeing around Nevada. What I see are people who would love to have health care. They desperately want it. But the problem is they can't afford it.”

I don't think Hilary ever said people don't want health care, and since they were never forced, they haven't gotten around to it. Also, they may not foresee future problems. For example, if an uninsured woman who makes ends meat were to get pregnant, she may not be able to afford an abortion at that time (if she wanted to have one) and consequently doesn't realize that down the road, a child costs MUCH MUCH more than the actual pill or procedure. With Obama's plan, she still may not be able to afford it. Also, I feel like his promises are very vague. He doesn't seem to have an exact plan of execution but rather he makes very attractive promises. I'm scared that he will be elected and then have no idea how to implement his ideas - consequently failing to meet what he guaranteed. Did I promise I would remain neutral?


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