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Hillary Clinton In Ironic Situation Over Health Care For Campaign Staff

March 31, 2008

I think this one is going to be remembered for a long time.    The Politico reports.

Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff stands out. Clinton, who is being pressured to end her campaign against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, has made her plan for universal health care a centerpiece of her agenda 

I know every campaign has blunders and errors that seem silly in hindsight.  But this one just feels so silly and stupid for even having happened.  Given the thrust of her rationale for wanting to be President, this was a set of bills I would have insisted get paid.

But that is just me.

The campaign provides health insurance to all its employees, their spouses, partners and children — and that wasn’t interrupted by any lag in payments to insurance providers, said Jay Carson, a Clinton campaign spokesman.

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But the unpaid bills to Aetna were at least two months old, according to FEC filings.

They show the campaign ended last year owing Aetna more than $213,000 for “employee benefits.”During the first two months of the year, the campaign did not pay down any of that debt. In fact, it accrued another $16,000 in unpaid bills last month, and it finished the month owing Aetna $229,000.Though the campaign reported owing $63,000 to Carefirst at the end of February for employee benefits, it appears Clinton paid that company on a more frequent basis. The New York senator’s presidential campaign began the month owing $299,000 to Carefirst, but paid that amount in its entirety, and the $63,000 it owed at the end of the month appears to be from services rendered last month.

If we recall after the Texas and Ohio primaries we were told by the Clinton campaign that the weeks leading up to Pennsylvania was to showcase why she was more ready and able to be the Democratic nominee. Instead the weeks since the last primaries have proved to be more of the same bad news for the Clinton forces.

Let us move on and unite behind Barack Obama.

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