February 21st, 2008
09:19 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Clinton won't drop healthcare issue

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Clinton clearly feels she can gain ground against Obama on healthcare.

Despite the moderator's repeated attempt to move on, Clinton kept returning to the issue.

She knows Obama is most on the defensive when talking about healthcare - she understands this issue through and through, and wants the audience to know it.

Related: Watch the candidates debate their health care plans

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. David Jacksonville FL

    GREAT closing statement, Hillary! She is Obama's equal in eloquence.

    February 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Judy in Belfair, WA

    Sen. Clinton is absolutely correct regarding Universal Health Care. If it is not mandated, we are back to square one – people going to the ER for non-emergency care because they don't have insurance. Why buy insurance if they can go to the ER and get free medical care at a much higher cost to taxpayers and to the insured. Also, her foreign experience enables her to become Commander-in-Chief from day one. Sen. Obama does not have enough exposure to foreign matters.

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Eddie

    advantage clinton – she beat him.

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. jr

    cnn is so biased – obama supporter indeed, so obvious!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Sabrina LasVegas, NV

    Is it just me or is Sen, Clinton including former President Bill Clintons experience into her resume?


    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Kate Nowak

    Overall, no new or fresh topics were touched upon in these debates. Why no questions on foreign aid policy, the combating of malaria in Africa or the AIDS pandemic, and why, oh why, no discussion on environmental issues: clean technologies, global warming, green building, and organic farming?! Mere repetition and I do not feel that I know these candidates any better.

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Carol Amy

    I have followed Sen Clinton for many years, as well as Pres Clinton. I personally know where Sen Clinton's heart is. She strongly feels that health care in this country called America is not what other nations think it is. And I agree. I take myself as an example. What stronger evidence can you have for the need for universal healthcare. I have also worked in this health care system in America. A lot of people have died needlessly because of lack of healthcare and good healthcare at that. I worked in a hospital where we had a meeting every morning to review medicaire patients. And, those that were costing the hospital too much money, I was asked to get rid of them, like nursing home. A very sad job indeed.

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. mara duvall

    In Az we pay $6700 per non english speaking student so they can attend 4 hours a day of english instruction. English speaking students get about $ 3400 or $2700 a year spent on them. We have terrible schools here, is it any wonder why. Do Cliton or Obama or Mccain understand the frustration of the people paying the school tax for terrible schools.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Maria

    I do not want my wages garnished and be fined if I can't afford this Clinton Care. It is not FREE and unless you can control the costs like Obama would, this would be very bad for a lot of us.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Genia (KY)

    No wonder Hillary keeps going to health care... that's all she has on her agenda. However, she STILL will not tell everyone HONESTLY that she will go after their wages by garnishing them if they don't willingly purchase it. She leads the voters to think the government will pay for her health care... WRONG... as Obama pointed out, the voters will be FORCED to BUY HER HEALTH CARE and if they don't, then the government will garnish their wages.

    Doesn't sound like a democracy to me! Obama's plan is a beginning towards universal health care.... it doesn't cram it down your throat to begin with, but is the beginning to it, and his plan does not take the money from someone's wages when those people cannot afford it.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. amy o

    God, Clinton! Don't you know how to drop something?!

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Tom Morabito

    Hillary should keep mentioning Health Care because her plan is the plan of the future of this country. It's as simple as that!

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Objective bystander

    This debate seems more like obama was a copy cat .All I am going to say is most people seems to be following the blind .It is sad to say the blind will be leading the blind .I can say hillary won this debate .Obama is all words .

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. New Nation

    I think Clintons response came across very stubborn, and bullheaded. It made me think if she responds like this, about what she believes is right, what is the diference between her and Bush on his viewpoints on the war. She initially agreed as well that we should be fighting so if she were the president right now she would be standing behind it, and arguing just like she is tonight.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Maria Kahn

    I'm TIRED of Campbell Brown cutting Clinton off, AND it seems that Obama was allowed a lengthier time to comment on his issues. These debates are highly important – PLEASE not more Campbell Brown's in such debates!

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. Jaqueline

    Sure Bill why don't you tell Hillary to drop the Health care issue. Not like nearly 50 million people desperately need it. Shame on you.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Dear Obamasupport, do you pay into social security

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. catmom

    Well, she also got a standing ovation. Good job Mrs. Clinton!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Beth Lynch

    Please don't jump on me for mispelled words. I typed quickly wiithout proofing

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. bruce wilson

    Under Hillary's plan your pay stub will have a Healthcare tax! She just let the cat out of the bag when she compared it to Social Security.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Pamela

    Hillary would make a great healthcare cabinet member for Obama. That's her strength and experience.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. Hazem Galal

    What if you are 23 years old, in good health, single, fresh out college and starting your career in your chosen field and you purposely choose to not sign up for healthcare coverage because you feel that the cost could be better spent elsewhere?

    Will Hillary garnish your wages?

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. L D D

    She showed a mean spirit and a disrespect to move on as she was asked.

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Tom

    Hillary Clinton didn't do anything for all the 9/11 workers will health issues. She backed away from them. She dropped the ball as the appealed to her for better healthcare. She did nothing for them..

    They lost their healthcare in her NY State as a Senator.

    Now she she's for Universal Healthcare... We are not niave Hillary...

    You didn't take care of your own, what makes us think you will now?

    Lie to us some more... Tell us what we want to hear?

    I am not fooled.. OBAMA IS REAL....

    Obama 08.

    Hillary can't win on her own merit because has none..

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. Msfrenche

    Shame on Clinton for this immature behavior. She wants to draw him into fight since he was absolutely kicking her butt. She cannot think beyond what she is asked. Campbell should have cut her off. She is not ready to work with others. She is like a preschooler – no talk about this. Talk about this now. If she can't play nice with the moderator then how can she listen to Republicans or other world leaders.

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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