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Taking On HillaryCare

Speaking in Des Moines this morning, Senator Hillary Clinton offered version two of her health care plan, hoping for a dramatically better reception than she got in 1994 when HillaryCare crashed and burned.

The campaign claims the plan would cover all 47 million uninsured Americans. The plan was quickly endorsed by business, including Kodak CEO Antonio Perez, and unions backing the New York Senator, including the Machinists Union.

The plan would offer new coverage choices, including the same health care plan options that members of Congress receive. It would lower premiums by cutting some taxes and focusing on prevention and efficiency, end insurance companies' practice of denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and offer a tax credit to families to make health care more affordable.

The campaign calls the plan a "net tax cut" for taxpayers, and says the bulk of the plan would be paid for by a repeal of the Bush tax cuts for individuals making over $250,000 and through savings from modernizing the health care system and reducing excess spending.

Just moments after she unveiled her American Health Choices Plan, many of Clinton's rivals have taken it upon themselves to knock it down, though in very different ways.

"HillaryCare continues to be bad medicine," said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. "Hillary Clinton fundamentally believes in Washington. She doesn't believe in the American people." Romney compared Clinton's health care package to "European-style socialized medicine," saying "it's a plan crafted by Washington, centered in Washington -- not by states. It's government insurance, not private insurance. It's frankly the wrong direction."

"If you liked Michael Moore's 'Sicko,' you're going to love HillaryCare 2.0," said Katie Levinson, communications director for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Levinson said the plan "includes more government mandates, expensive federal subsidies and more big bureaucracy -- in short, a prescription for an increase in wait times, a decrease in patient care and tax hikes to pay for it all."

For Democrats, Clinton's 1994 effort is also the launching pad for attacks. While Republicans attack the scope of the program, Democrats point to the fact that the plan failed to pass. "The real key to passing any health care reform is the ability to bring people together in an open, transparent process that builds a broad consensus for change," Senator Barack Obama said, referring to the legendary secrecy that surrounded Clinton's first health care reform effort.

Former Senator John Edwards attacked Clinton more directly. "The cost of [the 1994] failure 14 years ago is not just somebody's political fortune or their scars," he said, according to The Swamp. "It's the millions of Americans who have now gone for almost 15 years without health care."

"I don't believe you can sit down with lobbyists, take their money and cut a deal," Edwards continued. "If you defended the system that defeated health care, I don't think you can be the president who brings health care."