The Health Care Plan
Nobody Could See
"You actually want to *read* my 1,364 page health care reform plan? Why?!"
Washington Examiner political reporter Byron York does!
In 1993, the newly-inaugurated President Bill Clinton chose his wife to head his administration's most important domestic initiative, health care reform. Hillary Clinton proceeded to create a task force that seemed more determined to keep secrets than to restructure health care.
"The culture of secrecy is such that the White House refuses to provide a full list of consultants brought in to aid in the effort," the New York Times reported in February, 1993, just after the first lady got started. Clinton later went to court rather than reveal the most basic details of the effort. Story after story about her work used phrases like "wall of secrecy" and "shrouded in secrecy" and "frantic, secretive process."
When the task force collapsed in defeat, columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that "it was the first lady's secrecy and righteousness in trying to push through her 1,364-page bill that doomed the effort."
By the end of the Clintons' first year in Washington, the new White House became ensnared in the first of the scandals that would last through Bill Clinton's presidency. Hillary Clinton was deeply involved, sometimes in the original offense, like Travelgate, and sometimes in the legal and political pushback, like the Lewinsky scandal. The Clinton trademark was withholding information from investigators.It was only after intense public pressure that the Clinton White House reluctantly released the names of the people on the Health Care Panel crafting the reform legislation:
Ending It's Secrecy, White House Lists Health-Care Panel
After much criticism of the secrecy surrounding the work of his health policy team, President Clinton today abandoned his effort to conceal the names of more than 500 people who are developing his proposal to guarantee health insurance coverage for all Americans.After finding out who was crafting the new health care reform, the next step was to find out what was in the plan itself. But the Clintons refused to release even the most basic details.
In an attempt to actually force the Clinton White House into transparency on the public policy it was making, the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons [AAPS] filed a lawsuit based on the Federal Advisory Committee Act [FACA].
And thus did Hillary Clinton go to court to prevent disclosure of the facts about the new health care reform effort she was leading.
Incidentally, the Federal court narrowly ruled in Clinton's favor, that she was a government official, even though nobody had elected her to any kind of office. So the details of the health care reform she was making could remain secret.
Yes. Really. That actually happened:
"Court Rules First Lady Is 'De Facto' Government Official"
"The court found I'm a de facto government official.
So I don't have to show the public my health care plan."
At this stage of her career, we are learning absolutely nothing new about Hillary Clinton. She has always been a secretive, transparency-dodging control freak.
She's right at home on the Progressive Left, which never openly declares what it is it's trying to do.
The Progressive movement truly does believe Americans are stupid children that need to be lied to, tricked or coerced into doing what they want them to do. Elites run from transparency because actually informing the public what they're up to and what they're planning for the rest of us just gets in the way of all the 'progress' they want to achieve. They don't tell you because they truly believe you don't need to know.