Clinton Library Docs: When Hillary Clinton Was Warned The Employer Mandate Would Cause Companies To Halt Expansion

In An April 1998 Memo, Hillary Clinton Was Warned That A Mandate On Employers With 50 Or More Employees Would “Accelerate The Trend” For Businesses “To Split Or Subcontract Out To Avoid Providing Health Benefits.” “As you will recall, however, the hardest to reach and most disproportionately represented uninsured do not work or have families who work in these larger firms. As such, at least 20 million uninsured Americans would not be covered by Senator Kennedy’s bill. Moreover, because his approach does not cover all employers or employees, it might well accelerate the trend for medium sized businesses to split or subcontract out to avoid providing health benefits. In addition, because it does not provide for any subsidies or cost containment provisions, some of the workers who would be required to pay 25 percent of the premiums might well find the insurance to be unaffordable.” (Chris Jennings, Memorandum To Hillary Rodham Clinton, 4/17/98)

Clinton Didn’t Listen: Her 2008 Health Care Plan Included A Similar Employer Mandate

Under Clinton’s 2008 Health Plan, Small Businesses That Employed More Than 25 Workers Would Be Subjected To The Employer Mandate. “Highlights of Clinton’s Health Plan … Require large employers to either cover their workers or else contribute to the costs of those coverage costs. Tax credits would be provided to encourage small businesses (those with fewer than 25 workers) to provide health insurance, but they would not be required to do so. Tax credits would also be provided to large employers with high retiree health care costs.” (“Clinton Sees Better Chances For Health Overhaul,” NPR, 9/18/07)

  • Health Industry Analyst Bob Laszewski: “So All Employers With, Presumably, More Than 25 Employees Will Have To ‘Play Or Pay.’” “The employer mandate has been much more carefully crafted this time. It is not clear where the small employer versus large employer break comes but comments from her campaign indicate that it is at 25 employees. So, all employers with, presumably, more than 25 employees will have to ‘play or pay.’” (Bob Laszewski, “An Analysis Of Senator Hillary Clinton’s Health Plan Proposal,” Health Care Policy And Marketplace Review,” 1/15/08)

Clinton Library Docs: When Anthony Weiner Was The “Most Outspoken And Visible” Hillary Clinton Ally On Capitol Hill

A March 2000 Memo Noted That Anthony Weiner Was “The Most Outspoken And Visible Member Of Congress In Support Of Hillary’s Candidacy.” “Anthony Weiner has been the most outspoken and visible Member of Congress in support of Hillary’s candidacy, appearing on numerous television and radio talk shows.” (White House Memorandum RE: Presidential Visit, 3/28/00).

Clinton Library Docs: When The Clinton W.H. & Hillary Clinton Worried About FOIAs Of Her Health Care Task Force

In A Memo On The Health Care Task Force, Which Incorporated Edits From “HRC,” The Clinton White House Warned Them To “Try To Avoid Questions On FOIA” Related To The Task Force. “Note: TRY TO AVOID QUESTIONS ON FOIA. In response to any questions on FOIA: Any requests under FOIA will be reviewed by the White House Counsel at the time that they are made.” (“Talking Points On Health Care Task Force,” 2/3/93)

Clinton Library Docs: When The Clinton W.H. Telegraphed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Health Care Plan

In A 1993 Memo Outlining Strategy To Pass Health Care Reform, The Clinton White House Listed An Employer And Individual Mandate As Its “Most Optimistic Scenario.” “If we can sustain the public debate, and negotiate well, under the most optimistic scenario, we will wind up with the following type of compromise:  universal coverage passed in this bill on our timetable with an employer/individual mandate and larger subsidies or a slower phase-in for smaller companies.” (“Passing Health Reform: Policy And Congressional Summary,” Memo, 1993)

Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Got The Memo: HillaryCare 08 Included Both Mandates

In The 2008 Campaign, “The Centerpiece Of Clinton’s Plan Is The So-Called ‘Individual Mandate,’ Requiring Everyone To Have Health Insurance—Just As Most States Require Drivers To Purchase Auto Insurance.” (Beth Fouhy, “Clinton To Offer Health Care Plan,” Associated Press, 9/17/07)

HillaryCare ‘08 PlanRequired Employers To Cover Their Employees Or Pay A Fine, Known As The “Pay or Play” Mandate. “Employers: will help finance the system; large employers will be expected to provide health insurance or contribute to the cost of coverage; small businesses will receive a tax credit to continue or begin to offer coverage.” (Hillary Clinton For President Website,, Accessed 4/18/14)

Clinton Library Docs: When Bill Clinton Was Warned About Depriving Americans Of Access To Their Doctors

In A March 1993 Polling Memo, The Clinton Administration Was Warned That They “Must Be Able To Say, Believably, That Our Health Care Reforms Will Preserve, Even Expand Choice” Of Doctors. “Freedom of choice. A private doctor of choice is very important to people: in some studies, two-thirds say preserving choice is more important than controlling costs (Novalis). Over three-quarters say they have a personal doctor, and they are reluctant to see that relationship compromised. Some just say flatly, ‘I’m not giving up my doctor’; ‘I like my doctor, I wouldn’t go to anybody else.’ And people are not fools: 42 percent believe HMOs give people less choice, while just 5 percent think more (Insurance Industry poll). We must be able to say, believably, that our health care reforms will preserve, even expand choice. But those on Medicare or with full-funded company policies will be very skeptical.” (Stanley B. Greenberg, Memo To Bob Boorstin, 3/31/93)