Yahoo: 36,147 people tell Hillary Clinton what to do

Yahoo: 36,147 people tell Hillary Clinton what to do

Summary: Can a 'conversation' win the presidency?

TOPICS: Health

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is identified as “A Celebrity on Yahoo Answers!” 

She has been a member since September 29, 2006 and she is at Level One with 96 points. Since Clinton announced her candidacy last weekend, however, she is noted to have earned -3 points the past week. 

Clinton seeks to engage voters in a national “conversation," as I report and analyze in “Social media conversations: Talking or selling?" She is nevertheless listed at Yahoo Answers as “User does not allow IM.” and “User does not allow email.” 

As part of her national “conversation” aimed at winning the 2008 U.S. presidential election she posted a question on Yahoo Answers last Wednesday: “Based on your own family’s experience, what do you think we should do to improve health care in America?” 

While First Lady under the two term presidency of Bill Clinton and as a two-term Senator for the state of New York, Clinton has sought to set national health care policy.

President Clinton formed “The President's Task Force on National Health Reform” in late January 1993 to "prepare health care reform legislation to be submitted to Congress within one hundred days of our taking office" and appointed Hillary Rodham Clinton to head the task force. In May 1993, the Clinton Health Care Task Force was disbanded. 

On June 16, 2005, Senator Clinton, along with Senator Bill Frist, introduced the "Health Technology to Enhance Quality Act of 2005" to create “an interoperable health information technology system through the adoption of standards that will help reduce costs, enhance efficiency and improve overall patient care.”

This legislation marries technology and quality to create a seamless, efficient health care system for the 21st century," said Clinton. "By creating national interoperability standards, we will give health care providers the confidence that an investment in health IT is an investment in the future.

According to The Library of Congress, no progress has been made on the proposed legislation:

S.1262  Title: A bill to reduce healthcare costs, improve efficiency, and improve healthcare quality through the development of a nation-wide interoperable health information technology system, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Frist, William H. [TN] (introduced 6/16/2005) Latest Major Action: 6/16/2005 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Over 36,000 Yahoo Answers contributors are hoping for progress in the health care arena and taking Clinton up on her solicitation for advice on what to do. A sampling of advice put forth is below.

Ambercombie:  “i would have to say, free health care to all. When you become our first woman president, you’ll help make a difference.”

Brit: “well for starters it could be easier to get, and less confusing with less paper work to fill out. that would definatly help”

Tee M: “Do for us what you would do for your own family. Make healthcare simple and affordable. The health of an individual has the potential to affect the health of an entire community. Think of the ramifications of a communicable disease that is left untreated because the carrier is intimidated by the current system or can not afford to get treatment. It doesn't matter where you live, or who you are, we are all at risk.”

Mary T: “My first answer would be that people in general need to take more responsibility for their own health and not continue bad habits and make unhealthy choices then expect doctors and other health professionals to perform miracles to undo years of unhealthy living. Yes, there are drugs to treat diabetes, but there are also healthy ways to eat and exercise which make a big difference in insulin resistance. There are lots of pain medications out there for arthritis and headaches, but there are stretching exercises and endorphin releasing meditation as well that may help many people. We can do things to relieve stress, lose weight, fight high cholesterol, avoid toxins, get proper sun protection, rest....a myriad of things that could assist us in improving our health if we would take the time to do it on our own, but we would rather wait until the doctor tells us that this is what we "have" to do to "get better" or this medication is what we have to take to get cured. We rely on doctors when we should first rely on ourselves.”

JKat: “Make doctors fully accountable for their customer service practices. Force doctors to work together across their fields of specialization in order to more effectively troubleshoot patients' conditions instead of working in isolation from one another. Make healthcare affordable for all Americans and introduce more internationally-based models into the system to improve it.”

Big Bully: “What ever idea you do, there will still be those people who will abuse the system. An example will be trips to the ER for a cold or sniffles.”

Matt W: “Do not let insurance companies dictate which medicines are preferred. Let the doctor decide, he must surely know better than a coporate conglomerate.”

MELANIE: Health Care is so expensive. I just heard on the news tonight that many Clinicians/Doctors are giving Patients a 50% discount on their bill, if they pay immedately in CASH. This tells me that most of the expense in HEALTH CARE comes from COLLECTIONS or NON-PAYING customers. Something should be done ~ so that we PAY for the SERVICES we GET and not for those WHO DON"T PAY or for the COLLECTIONS.

It would be much fairer that way and prices wouldn't be so outrageous for the procedures and care we do get. Thanks for asking Senator Clinton.

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  • Bill likes to tell her what to do ...

    But she always says "you have to wash-up really good first"
  • So Let Me Get This Straight:

    She doesn't allow e-mail or IM (or chat, presumably) but she wants to "engage voters"? Sounds more like she read Time's "Person of the Year" issue and she's decided that Web 2.0 interaction is the "next big thing" (as long as she doesn't have to, you know, actually [i]interact[/i] with anyone or anything...)
  • i ignore "faces" on YA

    YA rules prohibit solicitation,but when i questioned & reported a "celebrity"for such; i was given a "violation",not the product endorser.In the interest of fairness,YAnswers should invite ALL preidential candidates to post,and lock open the communication settings,(if not possible-leave questions open for 30 days,not one week;as is standard).This would certainly be in the public interest-encourage participation from ALL viewpoints;not the selected views of Sunnyvale exeutives in glass towers.
    -YA user since 12/2005,level 6
    • excuse me,

  • My Family Says The Best Thing....

    ...that can be done to improve healthcare in the U.S. is to not elect Hillary, or the even-more-extreme Barack Obama!

    It's that simple, folks.
  • Hillary

    Don't beleive any thing she say's
  • I would tell Hillary Clinton what to do

    Unfortunately if I really told her what I would like her to do I would get arrested. I have absolutely no use for her or anything she wants. I would not trust her as far as I could throw her. She will say anything and do anything to get elected and then when elected it would all be about her. Total waste of air IMNSHO.
  • Hillary Hiding Behind a Mask!

    Hillary ought to quit while she is ahead. People are not going to forget the 8 years of scandals, lost paperwork,defiance of authority, and lying under oath to name a few of the many special talents of Bill & Hillary Clinton.
    At the center of almost every White House scandal during the Clinton presidency was Hillary. Who claimed that it was a right wing conspiracy, with conspirators on every corner.
    Americans want their first woman president to be someone whose own history is not filled with unanswered questions, and questionable business deals, and someone whose only motive is to see what she can get for free.
    Chelsea is engaged to a man, whose father is Ed Mezvinsky, who admitted that he had bilked former clients, former friends, and his own mother-in-law out of over $10 million.
    To read more about the Clintons and their scandals, go to and look at article written by me about the former first family and their antics.
    Roger Cotterman
    USA Voice.
    • Sorry Roger,

      The problem is that the people who voted for him don't care about the corruption criminal acts and outright lies the clintons committed, and since then more people have cometo look at criminal types as heros. The big problem we face is that she is nothing but a big black hole, sucking resources and votes from viable candidates even if she doesn't win. Her being in the running is a lose/lose proposition for America, win or lose.
  • go away Hillary

    This is the woman who campaigned for re-election in New York and now that she has it is going to spend the next 2 years campaigning for President and doing absolutely NOTHING for the idiots who re-elected her. She has spent so long sucking off the government(typical Democrat behavior) that she would not stand a chance in a real world commercial environment. Although she would probably make a great cell mate for Martha Stewart.
  • One way

    I am interested in letting you know what I want but it looks like you may not even look at the blog.I get the impression of "Don't bother me with your thoughts"
    • ?????????????

      What you takin' 'bout Willis ?

      At least give us the chance and post a link.
  • Health Care

    Shalespeare had it right... the first thing to do was to kill all the lawyers.

    By default, health care would immediately become affordable.

    Having searched the Constitution and the Bill of Rights diligently, I can find nothing there about health care.

    All the government has illustrated from time immemorial, is that is incapable of doing anything well. (SS, for example?)

    Why do people of her ilk seem to think that the government is the answer for everything?

    Somewhere personal responsibility has to take a front seat.
  • The usuall pat reactions from the conservative croud.

    A lot of personnel attacks against Hillary and nothing about health care. These people that have responded here believe that as long as they and their families are doing ok, that's all that matters. If children all across this country die from a lack of health care it is not their concern. If they can't afford health care it's their own fault for being lazy and don't deserve to live. You make me sick.
    • I guess

      you skipped my post.Now that you have reminded me,i will comment on the suitability of Mrs. Clinton: I am not at all against having a Lady President,i only prefer one with a spine.
    • Speaking of SICK

      WE are the people who PAY for the health care of those who REFUSE to try to help themselves and WE are sick of it! WE wo are on Social Security are being TAXED on money we ALREADY paid taxes on so that FREELOADING ILLEGAL ALIENS (not immigrants that you loosers like to say to make them look less guilty) can milk our system. OUR Social Security Trust Fund was raided by the DEMONRAT LBJ and the Democrats have blocked the closing of it ever since.

      It's time to change your short pants for trousers and try out life in the real world without Mommy and Daddy supporting you, so that you learn the REAL FACTS of LIFE.

      And just to point out, your fathers democrats would have back handed you by now and told you to mind your place until you learn enough to HAVE an opinion.
      WE have delt with this woman's lies before, you obviously have not.
  • HILLARY????

    Sorry But I wouldn't vote for her at all she is a two face person she tried to run the country with Bill. She say she will do one thing but will do another, just watch how she votes in congress. Tell me how she got elected a Senator from NY without living there for the number of years?? They really in my way of thinking messed things up.......
  • Re: Hillary is a great source for vintage hifi
    johny boy