Clinton defends Obamacare, but open to changes: report
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[February 27, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary
Clinton, who leads the pack of potential Democratic 2016 presidential
contenders, defended Obamacare on Wednesday but added she was open to
"evidence-based changes" in the program, CNN reported.
President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law is
shaping up as a hot-button campaign issue in congressional elections
in November and possibly the 2016 White House race.
The law, which seeks to extend health coverage to millions of
uninsured or underinsured people, has been under steady attack by
Republicans, who say it is too costly, kills jobs and robs many
Americans of healthcare choices.
"I think we are on the right track in many respects," CNN quoted
Clinton as saying in remarks in Orlando, Florida, to the Healthcare
Information and Management Systems Society.
"But I would be the first to say if things aren't working, then we
need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based
changes," said Clinton, who led a failed effort to pass healthcare
reform during the administration of her husband, Bill Clinton.
Among issues she said should be addressed were small businesses of
50 or more employees providing health coverage and companies moving
people to part-time from full-time work to avoid making healthcare
Clinton praised Obamacare for allowing people under 26 to stay on
their parents' healthcare plans and broadening access to preventive
She said all the "misinformation" was making it difficult to discuss
the law in Washington.
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"Part of the challenge is to clear away all the smoke and try to
figure out what is working and what isn't," Clinton, who served as
secretary of state in Obama's first term, was quoted by CNN as
"What do we need to do to try to fix this? Because it would be a
great tragedy, in my opinion, to take away what has now been
(Writing by Peter Cooney; Editing by Ken Wills)
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