You will notice that Tsongas’ health care talking points have not changed, nor been fleshed out at all. For instance, sco asks “What would you like to see Congress do to help lower health care costs for Americans?” She dodges the question. And her idea for a national health care plan is still this: “Let’s do Massachusetts everywhere, because it’s quick and easy. We’ll fix it later if it crashes and burns.” No details, no caveats, no qualification, no depth, no challenges to entrenched interests, or even an acknowledgement that such exist … no nothin’.
It’s deeply ironic, since she points to her experience on the board of Fallon Community Health Plan as relevant public experience. (It’s “a small health plan”, she calls it. Funny … those must be someone else’s ads I see fifty times a day on TV.)
Also relevant, especially to someone taking over Campaign Finance Hero Marty Meehan’s seat:
It’s clear to me that we have to address campaign finance reform. We’ve tried so many different things, at this point I’m not clear what the best direction to go is. There is this process in which we have to sort of vet the viability of candidates, so it’s not an unimportant thing that we have to get out there and raise some funds. On the other hand, the sheer cost of it is really indefensible. What I would look at is ways to just control the cost of running a viable campaign.
… but not, say, introducing public financing of campaigns.
On global warming:
I’d work to set limits on greenhouse gas emissions, put an absolute cap on greenhouse gas emissions.
That puts her in the mainstream of the Dem presidential candidates, e.g.; I wonder if in addition to cap-n’-trade she would advocate a carbon tax, as advocated by Chris Dodd.
She says the two most important things she would like to accomplish are ending the war in Iraq and stopping global warming. So there you go.