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Incrementalism - The Failed Clinton Health Care Plan

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Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Incrementalism


Have you ever heard the term incrementalism used in a sentence? It's a word you probably want to now about; especially if you value your health.

In politics, incrementalism is a strategy practiced by many. In Washington, DC it is an art form. Incrementalism is the process politicians use to get what they want, even though the voters don’t want it to happen.

In layman’s terms, it is the baby-step approach to getting what you want on Capitol Hill.

Take, for example, the great health care debate of 1994. President and Mrs. Clinton were totally committed to a government-run universal health care system. They introduced a 1,200-page plan to accomplish their goals. I remember because I read the whole darned thing.

Many of us worked very hard to defeat a federal takeover of the health care system. We remain convinced that doctors practice medicine better than bureaucrats. We think you deserve every health care choice you are willing to pay for. And if you absolutely cannot pay for it, then we believe great care should still be extended and we should all help pick up the difference.

Well, the President still believes what he believes about health care too. And he has not stopped working incrementally to get what he wants. We have been continually sounding the alarm about small steps being accepted by the Republican congress to implement a federal health care system. But some have continued to disbelieve in incrementalism. They cannot imagine a plan so soundly defeated and the 1994 Health Security Act could ever rise again.

But it has been. And recently, even the New York Times said so. In a recent article the Times reported, "Since the demise of Clinton’s plan for universal health insurance in 1994, he and his allies have tried to achieve the same goal step-by-step."

Incrementalism. It's the way politicians do unto you what you would never do to yourself; at least all at one time. To prevent it you must stay informed and in touch. We can help.

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