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Hillary_Clinton.jpgI got hit with an additional wave of e-mails and phone calls when I ran my Jan. 22 blog entry–”What If Hillary Was Right About Healthcare Reform?”–as my editorial column in our Feb. 5 magazine. The spirited responses I received from readers (some irate, others merely furious, although a few actually agreed with me) are posted with this entry. But I also want to call your attention to one very interesting phone call from an agent in Michigan who wondered how much better off the auto and workers’ comp insurance industries might be if a single-payer health plan took over the troubled medical components of both casualty lines. An intriguing possibility, don’t you think?

If you didn’t catch my first take on this, I argued that many of the worst aspects critics associated with Hillary Clinton’s healthcare reform plan when she was First Lady have come to pass anyway–having a faceless bureaucrat dictate which doctors, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and drugs you can and cannot take, while insurers play a shell game by shifting more and more expenses onto patients.

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