Hillary continuing to withhold records
Hillary Clinton campaigns on her health care efforts in 1994. However, when the media tries to research exactly how she was influential, they run into a roadblock. The archives are locked away in the Clinton Library. Hillary is still
"Now, all of the records, as far as I know, about what we did withhealthcare, those are already available," Clinton said at a Democraticdebate last month.
But a big part of that history is being concealed. Hundreds of pages ofmemos and correspondence involving the healthcare plan of the early1990s have been withheld, leaving a gap in a historic period whenClinton undertook one of the most ambitious domestic policy forays everattempted.
Some of the records kept from public view are memos from the early1990s that White House aides wrote to Clinton about members ofCongress, some of whom are still serving.
Federal government archivists working at the Bill Clinton presidentiallibrary in Little Rock, Ark., deemed the material confidential. Thearchivists withheld it under a federal law that allows them to restrictseveral types of material, including private communications betweenpresidential advisors.
A three-page memo written to Hillary Clinton in 1993, for example, istitled "Positioning ourselves on healthcare." It is not available tothe public. A notice in the files says that archivists are withholdingit on the grounds that its release would reveal confidential advice.
An undated 38-page memo that is also being withheld is titled "Generaltargeting strategy" -- an apparent reference to the Clintonadministration's targeting of members of Congress whose votes wouldhave been needed to pass the plan.
In interviews, some people who were the focus of such memos said they were baffled as to why the records were being held back.
No one who considers health care the most important issue has any basis voting for her.