13 Jan 2016

Hillary Clinton in 2008: “Since When Do Other Democrats Attack Each Other on Universal Healthcare?”

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been excoriating fast-rising rival Bernie Sanders for his proposal to adopt a single-payer universal health care plan. But in 2008, she decried the notion that a fellow Democrat would attack another for proposing universal coverage.
While Clinton was campaigning against then-Senator Barack Obama, his campaign sent out a mailer criticizing her plan to mandate health insurance coverage. In response, Clinton called a press conference.
“Since when do Democrats attack one another on universal health care?”Clinton asked. “I thought we were trying to realize Harry Truman’s dream.” Watch her remarks below:
Actually, Truman’s dream was not to establish a private health insurance mandate. Instead, he called for a single-payer health care system where all Americans contributed taxes and then were covered by federal health insurance when they fell ill.


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