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Hillary Clinton Also Promised ‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan’ [Video]
In 2007, Hillary Clinton said of her own plan, “You can keep the doctors you know and trust. You can keep the insurance you have if you like it.” She reportedly also said “If you have private insurance you like, nothing changes — you can keep that insurance.”
Earlier this week, Bill Clinton said that Obama should keep his promise to the American people about continuing their health insurance policies, perhaps trying to give his wife some political cover from the Obamacare controversy.
According to the Washington Examiner, “When she was last a candidate for president in 2007, Hillary Clinton unveiled her own health care proposal, which, like Obamacare, included beefed-up benefits and a catchy pitch: ‘If you have a plan you like, you keep it.’ Obama went on to defeat Clinton, but he adopted her tag line to help win support for his own health care plan — making the same promise, for which he recently apologized… Hillary Clinton is an old hand at health care reform. In 1993, when her husband was president, she led a health care reform effort that ultimately crashed and burned… Hillary Clinton has not yet commented publicly on the Obama administration’s health care imbroglio.”
‘Like Your Plan, Keep Your Plan’ Was A Hillary Creation
It was Hillary Clinton that originally coined the now problematic “like your plan, keep your plan” talking point that President Barack Obama relied on during his fight for Obamacare.
On Clinton’s 2007 campaign website, unearthed by America Rising, it is written that that under Hillary’s American Health Choices Plan, “if you have a plan you like, you keep it.”
When former President Clinton this week critiqued President Obama's broken promise that Americans would be able to keep their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, Clinton was also knocking a similar plan once proposed by another politician: his wife.
"I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got," Clinton said in an interview with OZY.
The remark came across as a stern rebuke of current White House policy — but it could also prove tricky for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is moving toward a bid for president in 2016.
Of course, Hillary was the one who insisted upon the necessity of the individual mandate from the beginning, while Obama was vociferously against it before he was for it. And hey, funnily enough, he was also against the mandate as a tax before he was for it, too — and look where that landed us.
But with an established track record of supporting Obamacare, will Hillary be able to successfully distance herself from the policy’s unpopularity? Here are just five examples of Hillary’s support for the Obamacare:
1. Hillary was “very pleased” by Supreme Court decision
Hillary Clinton’s initially reacted to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare by saying:
I am very pleased- that’s how I hoped it would turn out. I think it’s a great moment just to think about what this will mean for the millions and millions of Americans who have already benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, and so many more will continue to do so. There will be a lot of work to do to get it implemented and understand what the opinion says, but obviously I was quite pleased to hear the results.
2. Hillary said we should implement Obamacare and then “take a deep breath”
Maybe Clinton thinks that everybody just needs to take a deep breath about the Obamacare’s website fiasco, too. Mlive reports that at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids’ annual dinner, Clinton said:
“It’s a tough one for us, and I want to see the good parts of the Affordable Care Act implemented.” ”Then I think we should all take a deep breath and see where we are, and see what more we can or should do.
3. Hillary defended Obamacare by calling it “the Law of the Land”
In September, Hillary spoke out against a potential government shutdown by defending Obamacare and saying, “It was upheld by the Supreme Court, it is the law of the land.”
4. Hillary “applauded” Obama for Obamacare initiative
In a “Meet the Press” interview, Hillary spoke favorably of the president’s timeline for health care reform:
I applaud the president for taking it on right off the bat. There are many problems we’re dealing with in our country, and certainly he could have said, ‘Ok- fine we’ll get to it when we get to it.’ But he’s waded right into it.
5. Hillary promoted a “critical mass of progress” for health care
In 2009, Hillary went on CNN and hyped up the reasons why Obama’s healthcare reform should be enacted. She told CNN:
What the president has said, and what I believe is the right approach, is that this can’t be put off any longer.
She went on to became nostalgic about her own health care policy days, and told CNN that she is hoping hoping to see a “critical mass of progress” for Obama’s health care.
Conclusion: Hillary Can’t Hide
Hillary will try to run from the Obamcare debacle if she runs for President in 2016. As the above examples show, and surely there are more out there, Hillary can’t hide from her support for mandates, Obamacare, and ultimately, the loss of health plans by tens of millions of Americans.
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Billary, I mean Hillary is not going to win anything, she can run but she will get nothing, next mid term elections and next presidential elections will be ruled by the ACA fiasco.
I would not worry about anything, but the video is a nice reminder.
Brutal Quinnipiac poll of Colorado: Obama’s job approval at 36/59, Hillary now trails three Republican contenders
This may be early evidence that the O-Care debacle is spilling over into perceptions of other Democrats, specifically the nominee-in-waiting. Hillary trails Chris Christie head to head in this one by eight points, which is an unusually large spread between them; even more unusual is that she also trails Rand Paul (by three) and Paul Ryan (by two) and is tied with Ted Cruz.
In order to receive the Medicare payment, a beneficiary would select a plan from a newly created Medicare Exchange. Health plans which choose to participate in the Medicare Exchange must agree to offer insurance to all Medicare beneficiaries, thereby preventing cherry picking and ensuring that Medicare’s sickest and highest cost beneficiaries receive coverage.
Every Ryan budget since the passage of Obamacare has assumed the repeal of Obamacare. Kinda. Ryan's version of repeal means getting rid of all the parts that spend money to give people health insurance but keeping the tax increases and the Medicare cuts that pays for that health insurance, as without those policies, it is very, very difficult for Ryan to hit his deficit-reduction targets.