Skip to comments.Hillary Blasts Bush on Vaccine Shortage
Posted on 10/18/2004 5:38:48 PM PDT by Kaslin
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is blasting the Bush administration for the flu vaccine shortage, despite her own role in causing the crisis with her health care reforms in the 1990s.
"They're more interested in tax cuts for the rich than for flu shots for everyone who needs them," Clinton railed Monday afternoon at a press conference at New York's Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center.
"This administration has their priorities wrong," she added. "And we've really paid a big price for their negligence." But according to the Wall Street Journal, though Hillarycare as a whole crashed and burned in 1994, the former first lady was able to change the laws governing the manufacture of vaccines.
And the results have been disastrous.
During last fall's flu vaccine shortage, the Journal noted:
"The reason for today's shortage - as well as seven previous preventive vaccine shortages since 2000 - is that there are just five vaccine makers. This lack of suppliers is partly thanks to Hillary Clinton, who as first lady turned government into the majority buyer of vaccines and pushed prices so low as to make business unsustainable."
In July 2003 the Journal noted that the problem goes back to 1993, when Mrs. Clinton's "Vaccines for Children Program" was first implemented.
The vaccine crusade was being pushed at the time by Mrs. Clinton's Children's Defense Fund mentor Marian Wright Edelman - even though U.S. child vaccination rates in the early 1990s were considered relatively high by medical experts.
But that didn't stop Sen. Clinton and her "reformers." She pressured Congress to back her plan in a bid to make vaccines more available to poor, uninsured and underinsured children. In the process she turned the government into the major purchaser and distributor of vaccines.
Not only did Sen. Clinton's reform fail to result in any noticeable increase in childhood vaccination rates, it managed to drive down financial incentives for private companies to develop and produce vaccines.
A year after the Journal's report on Sen. Clinton's crusade, the number of manufactures producing flu vaccine has declined to just two.
No, my dear - you're more interested in obscene liability lawsuits than in enough vaccine for everybody, and that's why we are where we are.
Watcha call "chutzpah"
OMG, what shall we call this?
I've run out of descriptors.
Wow. This b!+ch has a lot of nerve.
It's Hillary's fault...she took the profit out of virus manufacture, which put the Americans out of the game.
Wow, was this a stretch for the wicked witch of the Dems...with her fanatic desire for presidential power, she is really trying to make it look good...like she actually wants Kerry to win. (major NOT).
Just another stupid, moronic comment from the liberal Dems...it fits.
Most of her constituents are to dumb to know any better. That's who she is talking to.
Another example of Democrat's do I as I say not as I do!
We need a vaccine for her.
"They're more interested in tax cuts for the rich than for flu shots for everyone who needs them," Clinton railed Monday afternoon at a press conference at New York's Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center."
IE., Hilary, "LOOK WHERE I'M SCREAMING ABOUT THIS, IN FRONT OF THEE CHELSEA-CLINTON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER!! SEE! LOOK! IT'S ALL ABOUT ME! LOOK DA*MN-IT!.... What? How's Bills health?... Bill who ...oh yeah, he's fine, I think."
I live in upstate NY.Could someone,anyone please take this horrid creature away?
The reason why there are so FEW companies manufacturing the vaccine, is the cost of mal-practice insurance!!! It is NOT the fault of the administration! Take a look at John Edwards...he is a trial attorney - he and his ilk are responsible for the current problems in our health system.
Hillary Clinton is a liberal, bleeding heart, socialist/communist! (in my humble opinion, of course)
Let's just call it typical Hillary! And lets just call her an IDIOT! Your suggestion of "selective amnesia" works, too.
The last time I checked the US government is NOT responsible for providing health care to America. I don't remeber just where that is in the Constitution.
Hey bill, hillary's stolen your balls again!
Hillary...cork your rear end. Your brains are leaking. You and Your rapist husband are reponsible for messing with the vacine price's.
This just keeps getting funnier by the day.
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