February 21st, 2008
09:19 PM ET
2 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. LD

    As good as it sounds to have universal coverage have you looked at Canada's healthcare system? Do we really want to end up like them? Many people up there complain that while they can get into see a doctor, treatments lack. Trying to get in to see a specialist can take a long time, and that waiting time can cost you your life. There are only so many procedures that are paid for each year when that limit is met then you are out of luck. Sure universal healthcare sounds good, but it really needs to be studied and the American people need to realize what they are really getting.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. James, DC

    Bill, seriously, for once, PLEASE lose the Obama bias and be objective and fair. Seriously!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. bobbie

    Poor Jorge. He must not be familiar with Hillary Clinton NEVER answering questions.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. John, London

    Hillary is dead and burried after this debate. Surprisingly Obama comes accross better in the second half of the debate. Obama all the way.....

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Sunny Young

    They cut her short allowing obama all the time in the world to say things too. Why is everyone just attacking one candidate?

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. Dixie Dawg

    Don't listen now, boredom is taking over the room. Let's hear about NAFTA, the super highway the North American Union (SPP). These two are ignoring the single issue that will end the U.S as we know it.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. bill in houston

    its stuff like this that makes pple not like Mrs Clinton

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. SB

    Well, you just posted that you wanted them to go after each other more....remember, "this is a competition, not a debate"? Why shouldn't she try to emphasize an area where she has the upperhand? She wants to win the debate, right? Your posts sound very biased to me. You seem to be pro-Obama and anti-Clinton. Try to be a little more balanced, please.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. John

    Her health care policies are flawed modifications of past failures, that rob citizens of their rights. If that's the best she can do , it's over...why doesn't she just give up. Just how dumb does she really think we are?

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Larry

    By the end of the debate, the tables were turned and Obama neutralized the attack without acting defensive.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Republican Here

    Clinton is looking like a fool. She is really all about old school washington politics trying to take him down. The more she talks the more she makes Obama look awesome. I will tell you what, if we vote today he has my vote.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Diana

    According to Senator Clinton, healthcare is such a priority issue. Why then did she drop the issue in 1993 ...having had , as it turns out , 8 years to accomplish her goal?

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. Sally Gosselin

    Since you are rich and have everything you could ever want I guess HEALTHCARE isn't important to you. Get a life and how long have you been in bed with Obama?????? Your slip is showing.

    We just want equal and honest comments from CNN network. I think your time is up!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. Scott Buckeye State

    I understand mandates too. Like unfunded hospitals.

    Go Obama

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Paul

    Hillary keeps saying that health care needs to model medicaid and medicare.....so I guess her universal health care plan is for it to go broke too!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. greg

    GO HILL!!!! You are making him keep it real!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. KGS

    it's that all she got?

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. rw

    yep.. she failed in 1993 behind the doors; she is looking for a second chance which will MANDATE and penalize who does n't want...

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Bobby

    Well it backfired on her. Hillary showed her true hostile nature. And the crowd and home watchers saw it. Obama however, revealed Clinton's dishonesty. Initally, she acknowledged Obama as having a Universal Health care plan. Now she is denying it because he is ahead of her in the polls. This is again Clinton's dishonesty and proving that she will do everything eveny step on people to become president.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. jessica

    well this just demonstrates her knowledge and experience... she knows what she wants to do to help us make America better...he just talks and talks about it and gives us no examples of how he is going to achieve it... hillary is the candidate to vote for.... she will be the president we are ready for to make a difference...

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. Tim Gales

    I am glad she did not let up. Is her argument not obvious enough? Hillary has been stepped on by the best of them trying to get healthcare for us all. I trust her more to get in the ring.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Julie

    We need healthcare reform in this country! I think Obama's plan will be more accepted by the Republicans BECAUSE he doesn't force everyone. Like it or not, change will only come if we work together.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Morie Mussaffa

    HILLARY'S FIGURES ARE RIGHT ON NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE:

    Obama said that his policy will cover 95% of Americans, which means 5% will not be covered. Mrs. Clinton said that 15 million Americans will be left out by Obama's policy.

    There are 300 million Americans. 5% of 300 million is 15 million. So Hillary is right.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Michael S.

    Yeah, I suppose we should drop the health care issue more?

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. catherine avis

    Senator Clinton is the best qualified to lead our Country out of all this mess we are in. Senator Obama should serve in politics a few more years then he MAY be qualified to do this....

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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