Some have concluded that Arlen Specter’s party change means smooth sailing for the Obama administration’s proposed health care reform. I’m more skeptical – Specter got only a one page mention in The System, Johnson and Broder’s excellent book cataloging the failure of the Clinton Health plan in 1993-4. There were a half dozen Republican Senators eager to work with the Democrats to craft a bipartisan bill, and Specter was not among them.
Images matter, and there were two images influential in sinking the proposed
The second image that helped sink “Hillarycare” was a complicated, Rube Goldberg-esque diagram of the interactions among dozens of government agencies required to administer the Clinton health plan, as imagined in the 1342 page proposed legislation. (Ironically, I can't find the image of this to attach to this post. Please let me know if you find it and I will revise this post)
This diagram was attributed to Arlen Specter.
(Ironically, I can't find the image of this diagram to attach to this post. Please let me know if you find it and I will revise this post)