As Hillary Clinton unveils health plan, husband urges reforms |

As Hillary Clinton unveils health plan, husband urges reforms

Associated Press Writer
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

DENVER (AP) ” As presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton rolled out a proposal for universal health care Monday, her husband the former president warned the U.S. will face an uphill battle in the global economy if it doesn’t reform its health system.

Bill Clinton told an economic development meeting in Denver that the nation wastes $200 billion a year on administrative costs for health care.

In a wide-ranging speech also touching on terrorism and global warming, Clinton said U.S. administrative costs are higher than any other similar nation’s. That hurts automakers, who compete with companies like Toyota that don’t have to spend as much for health services for their employees, he said.

“We are basically saying to the world, ‘We are going to cede the 21st century to you,”‘ Clinton said.

He did not mention the plan announced in Iowa by his wife, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination and a senator from New York.

Hillary Rodham Clinton said businesses should be required to obtain insurance for employees and said the wealthy should pay higher taxes to help defray the cost for those less able to pay for it.

Her campaign also announced that former Denver mayor Wellington Webb would serve as a national co-chair and that she has received the endorsements of 11 other state and city lawmakers, including state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and House Majority Leader Alice Madden.

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