(Des Moines, IA) Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley is preparing a health care reform plan that would call for universal coverage for all Americans.
“I can guarantee when I put this health care proposal out in the fall, that it’s going to be like throwing a piece of raw meat into a cage of wolves,” Bradley told a small group invited to speak with him Friday afternoon about campaign finance reform.
Bradley told the group he expects his plan will face the same scrutiny which led to the failure of the health care reform plan developed by President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton during Clinton’s first term in office.
“I think that the key thing if you’re going to do real reform, it takes up to three to four years. (It’s) difficult to do in six months, particularly if you’re dealing with one-sixth of the economy,” Bradley said in reference to the failed Clinton plan. “So what you do it put out something very specific. It gets chewed up by the wolves. The wolves are not dumb. The wolves are smart. You see what happens. You then come out with a new and improved version after having taken the blows. The new and improved version has a political strategy behind it and you then move to pass it.”
Bradley indicated he expects to compromise, but not on the general idea of ensuring most if not all Americans have health care coverage.
“You take as much as you can at the end of the day, but I’ve seen enough to know that big reform can happen,” said Bradley, a former U.S. Senator from New Jersey.
Bradley spent over 40 minutes outlining his reform ideas for the financing of campaigns. He favors free television time for candidates and public financing of campaigns to end special interest influence in elections.
Last week, actor Warren Beatty announced he was considering a run for president, as a democrat, to focus attention on campaign finance reform. Beatty’s most recent movie, “Bulworth,” featured a United States Senator who was assassinated after advocating campaign finance reform.
“I should send (Beatty) a videotape of my speech,” Bradley told reporters during a news conference. “I think I’ll do that.”