DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - At a press briefing after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's health care rollout Monday, senior policy advisers said the New York senator's plan does not currently include any details on whether illegal immigrants will be covered.
Senior policy adviser Laurie Rubiner–while acknowledging that undocumented immigrants are a "huge issue" in this country–said, "That's one we're going to have to think through a little bit."
"We have not dealt with every single detail with this plan," Rubiner continued.
When asked if it would be safe to assume that the Democratic frontrunner, at this point, has no position on coverage for illegal immigrants advisers answered "yes" and said the plan does not "at this point" deal with that issue.
-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
McCain is finishing up the South Carolina leg of his "No Surrender Tour"
LEXINGTON, South Carolina (CNN) — Sen. John McCain, campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination here Monday, invoked the high-pitched battle over Hillary Clinton's 1993 health care plan when asked to comment on Sen. Clinton's new proposal.
"I haven't seen it, but if it's anything like the last time around where they wanted to have a complete government takeover of the health care system in America with a huge number of new bureaucracies being invented for government, I will oppose it vigorously," McCain told reporters.
Sen. Clinton unveiled her health care plan in Des Moines Monday. It would require all Americans to have health insurance, and she estimated it would cost $110 billion a year in government funds.
— CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
“You’ll see that version 2.0 is not likely to have any more success than 1.0,” said Romney, referring to Sen. Clinton’s first attempt to reform the healthcare system in 1993. “'Hillary Care’ continues to be bad medicine.”
Romney, who implemented comprehensive healthcare reform during his term as governor of Massachusetts, said Clinton’s plan relied too much on the federal government and not enough on states or the private market.
“In her plan, it's crafted by Washington; it should be crafted by the states. In her plan, we have government Washington managed health care. Instead, we should rely on the private markets to guide health care,” Romney said during a press conference.
Like the plan passed in Massachusetts during Romney's time in office, Clinton's plan would require individuals to have some form of health care insurance.
But Romney emphatically said the plan implement in Massachusetts was “entirely different” from Sen. Clinton’s.
“Her plan is crafted by Washington. Mine is crafted by individual states,” Romney explained. “Her plan has government insurance. Mine has private insurance. Her plan raises taxes. Mine does not raise tax.”
– CNN Ticker Producer Xuan Thai
Clinton unveiled her universal healthcare plan Monday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton announced a $110 billion health care reform plan Monday that would require all Americans to have health insurance.
Clinton unveiled her plan during a high-profile speech at a hospital in the key campaign state of Iowa, surrounded by supporters, American flags and campaign banners.
"Here in America people are dying because they couldn't get the care they needed when they were sick."
"I'm here today because I believe it is long past time that this nation had an answer," Clinton said. "I believe America is ready for change."
"It's time to provide quality affordable health care for every American," Clinton said. "And I intend to be the president who accomplishes that goal finally for our country."
Clinton said she will unveil her plan for health care coverage on Monday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton will unveil her health care plan to "cover everyone" early next week, the presidential frontrunner said Wednesday.
The New York Democrat made the comments in an online presidential forum sponsored by Slate, Yahoo! and the Huffington Post.
"Obviously, I hope the headline is that, you know, Hillary is back, and we're going to get it done this time, because we tried and were not successful in '93-'94," Clinton told moderator Charlie Rose. "And as we all know, the problems of the uninsured and the underinsured, the pressures on doctors and nurses and hospitals, the loss of jobs with employers struggling to maintain health insurance is all much worse than it was when we were trying to do this before."
Clinton said she will announce her plan on Monday. The New York senator said she has already outlined two parts of her health care plan: lowering costs and improving health care quality. But the issue of universal coverage is more of a political flashpoint for Clinton, who saw her health care plan as first lady defeated in 1994.
Last week Edwards' campaign manager David Bonior told CNN that Clinton "failed" at enacting her health care plan in 1993.
"She hasn't come up with a health care plan since," Bonior charged.
– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
Edwards' campaign manager David Bonior said Clinton "failed" at health care reform.
MCCORMICK, South Carolina (CNN) – As John Edwards and Hillary Clinton compete for major union endorsements, the two campaigns are trading barbs over which candidate is more qualified to serve American workers.
David Bonior, the former congressman and labor advocate who is now John Edwards’ campaign manager, told the South Carolina AFL-CIO annual convention Thursday that Edwards has populist credentials that Hillary Clinton lacks.
Speaking to about 60 union members here three days after Edwards picked up national endorsements from the United Mine Workers and the United Steelworkers of America, Bonior said “no presidential candidate in the history of the country” has worked harder than Edwards has for unions and striking workers.
“We’re a populist campaign,” said Bonior, who was the House Democratic whip from Michigan before he left Congress in 2003 after 26 years. “Senator Obama has a populist campaign. Senator Clinton doesn’t have a populist campaign. There’s a difference here. How much change do you want?”
(CNN) – Cancer will take the lives of nearly 600,000 Americans this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Democratic presidential contenders John Edwards and Hillary Clinton have set their sights on the killer.
Edwards announced his “National Strategy on Cancer Survivorship” on Monday. The former North Carolina senator’s plan is based on providing universal health care coverage to every American. The plan includes, among other things, a requirement for preventative screening for cancer, as well as the enactment of a patient’s bill of rights making insurance companies accountable when they try to deny coverage for medically necessary treatment. The Edwards plan would also increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, lift current restrictions on stem cell research, study environmental factors that may contribute to cancer, and attempt to end health disparities that often leave various population groups at greater risk of developing certain forms of cancer.
Sen. Clinton also announced her plan on Monday. It would prohibit insurance companies from charging higher rates to people with health problems. At the same time, it would also encourage people with a family history of cancer to get genetic testing by prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating on the basis of genetic testing results. The senator’s plan would further increase federal funding for cancer research, while also providing a boost for preventative care.
As president, Clinton has pledged to empower the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco advertising and sales, including possible new restrictions on advertising directed at children. Tobacco is known to be one of the leading causes of certain forms of cancer.
Clinton and Edwards will participate in Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday.
Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with breast cancer just after the presidential election in 2004, and is currently battling a recurrence of the disease.
–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
Romney unveiled his healthcare plan Friday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - He was a chief architect of the universal healthcare plan in Massachusetts, but White House hopeful Mitt Romney said Friday as president he would put in place a policy that allows each state to dictate its own healthcare coverage.
"The insurance market has different mandates, so what works in Massachusetts probably won't work in Texas, it's going to need a different plan," Romney said as he laid out his healthcare proposal during a power point presentation before the Florida Medical Association.
The plan seeks to provide states with federal incentives to "deregulate and reform" their health insurance markets and tax breaks to encourage people to buy private insurance.
Romney also said the Medicaid program for low income Americans should be changed to provide states with block grants for creating their own insurance programs - unhindered by federal mandates.
In a statement released ahead of Romney's speech, the campaign characterized the proposal as a "federalist approach."
"His reforms will give states greater flexibility," the campaign said. "But Governor Romney's conservative reforms also make the states true partners in the effort to expand access to affordable, quality health insurance."
Romney immediately got attacked from his Republican and Democratic opponents.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced members of his health care policy advisory group Wednesday who will help him formulate his policy goals as he seeks the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Romney’s health care team is composed of Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, an orthopaedic surgeon from the Atlanta area who practiced medicine for more than 20 years before being elected to Congress; Tim Murphy, the president of Beacon Health Strategies and former Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary under former Gov. Romney; Rep. Phil Gingrey, an obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced medicine for more than 25 years before being elected to Congress; John Cogan, a professor of public policy at Stanford University; Glenn Hubbard, the dean of the Columbia Business School; and Cindy Gillespie, who served as a counselor to Romney during his tenure as Massachusetts governor.
Under Romney, Massachusetts passed a law requiring every resident to have health insurance. Bay State residents, who cannot afford to pay for insurance, are eligible for a subsidy from the state to receive insurance free of cost, or to be exempted from the coverage requirement. Murphy and Gillespie were both involved in passing the Massachusetts law, according to the press release issued by the Romney campaign on Wednesday.
Romney is set to outline his plan for reforming the health care system in a campaign stop on Friday. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards have already released health care reform proposals and health care is expected to be a major domestic issue in the 2008 presidential race.
– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson abandoned his long shot bid for the White House late Sunday evening, after he did not meet the expectations he set for himself in the Iowa Republican Party straw poll held one day before.
"I want to thank the people of Iowa who were welcoming and supportive as well as my volunteers and contributors from around the country," Thompson said in a statement released by his presidential campaign. "I have no regrets about running. I felt my record as Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services gave me the experience I needed to serve as President, but I respect the decision of the voters."
Thompson, who served in President Bush's cabinet in the first term, came in sixth out of 11 candidates listed on the ballot of the state GOP sanctioned straw poll held in Ames. (See full results below) Since entering the race, Thompson focused a large part of his message on reforming the nation's healthcare system. But his campaign never caught fire.