Senator Barack Obama, out of Illinois, and Senator Hillary Clinton, Illinois native representing New York, both support the enactment of Universal Healthcare for American citizens. Coincidentally, the state of Texas has been executing mentally-ill inmates because of lack of healthcare funding to treat them. Are there any answers for these dejected citizens stuck in this political quagmire? Is this new healthcare plan just a ploy to be elected or a sincere law in the making?
Answers to questions such as these were undertook by the Democratic Party in a CNN Debate for a 2008 prospective American presidential candidate. Senators Obama and Clinton both stood out as spectacles when asked if their healthcare plan provided universal coverage.
Obama has been considerably pushing universal healthcare as one of the themes for his Democratic campaign. Clinton, on the other hand, is known to favor a plan similar to Obama’s considering her husband’s was rejected by the U.S. Congress in 1994. Clinton was also the leader of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform when her husband, Bill Clinton, held presidential office. Now a forerunner on healthcare reform, Hillary can finally finish what her husband started.
How their support of universal healthcare affects the Texas initiative on legislative action regarding funding for mentally-ill inmates is the big-ticket question here. Multiple cuts on healthcare spending were rendered in 2003 to cover other expenses in Texas and that increased the number of mentally-ill inmate executions. The lack of available medical funding to the poor is also the reason Texas has a high number of mentally-ill criminals running around the state.
Both Clinton and Obama ensured their programs will solve America’s healthcare crisis but also felt that affluent drug companies would be the major deterrent for the plan’s success. During the Democratic debate, Obama emphasized allowing drug companies to lobby and have a seat to vote on bills but wanted to restrict them from having veto power. Clinton, pure and plainly, stated that these drug and insurance companies were all just wrong. Both of these potential candidates were worried about edacious drug manufacturers buying out votes with mounds of pharmaceutical cash.
Obama faced adversity by former Senator John Edwards after affirming his healthcare plan wouldn’t be mandated after he took office as president of the United States.
Guaranteed healthcare funding would dramatically decrease the amount of mentally-ill inmates executed in the state of Texas.
As of 2007, Texas has 13 inmates scheduled to be executed and over 250 currently on death row.
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