The former First Lady would get the chance to pilot Mr Obama’s reforms of the American healthcare system if she agrees to clear the path to his nomination as Democratic presidential candidate.What One Drop sees as a handicap, I see as a plus. The problem with Hillary-Care, as it came to be known, wasn't the plan--it was the way she dealt with the DC insiders and the opposition she got from the health insurance industry. Plus, she was fighting an uphill battle against the entrenched notion that a single-payer system was communist (and in 1992, we were not far removed from the fall of the Berlin Wall).
Senior figures in the Obama camp have told Democrat colleagues that the offer to Mrs Clinton of a cabinet post as health secretary or to steer new legislation through the Senate will be a central element of their peace overtures to the New York senator.
So what's changed in the intervening years? Well, health care costs have gone insane, insurance provided by an employer is becoming a thing of the past, public support for some sort of government intervention is rising, both among individuals and doctors. (Insurers don't like it, for obvious reasons.) And finally, Clinton knows how to work the system now, which she didn't in 1992.
One other thing--Clinton supporters, notably Paul Krugman, have made the very accurate case that Clinton's health care plan, which is nearly identical to John Edwards's plan, is superior to Obama's, even though it doesn't go as far as the 1992 plan went. If Clinton took this on, it would be an opportunity to impact more lives, potentially, than even her husband did in his eight years in office. And we, as citizens, would be better off for it.