(Salon) -- Hillary Clinton has pneumonia. That’s unfortunate for her, and it’s also frustrating for me as a politics writer, given that the entire political world is now consumed with determining the broader significance of the fact that Hillary Clinton has a common lung infection. I just don’t have it in me to strain to connect a medical diagnosis to broader campaign narratives. I’m not especially good at armchair medical diagnosis. And for the life of me, I can’t look deep into the soul of Clinton’s infected lungs and tell you what it all means.
But still, I have to write about politics, even if the political issue of the day is driven by infectious bacteria. So my solution to this is to crudely shoehorn in a policy angle, which goes like this: Under President Trump, you would not want to get sick with pneumonia or any other disease because his health care reform plan is an incoherent disaster.
OK, now that we’re past the awkward setup, let’s talk health care policy.
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