February 21st, 2008
09:19 PM ET
6 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. Leewolfen

    Mr Obama remains sure and steady in the face of a candidate who seems to continue to try to push her issue in spite of the moderator's attempt to move on to the next issue. It mades her look weak and petty, and this is from someone who has no health insurance and STILL supports Barrack. AMERICA IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Tamareal

    Campbell is not cutting Senator Clinton off. She rebuttled and still wanted to go on with the discussion after she already "said her peace." Besides, I'm definitely not interested in someone making me buy health insurance, definitely if there is a choice between me keeping a "roof over my head" and health insurance. Her plan will only have good abiding working citizens more in debt more than ever if not in jail.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Elliot Snow-Kropla

    Ultimately, the ideal health care solution would be a publicly funded system like the British NHS. As the drug companies make this politically untenable, I think Obama's position is superior to Clinton's. Penalizing people for being unable to afford health insurance isn't the way to go, working on making health insurance cheaper is.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Brian

    Can she drop the healthcare issue already! I think his plan should leave out the wealthy.....I want to be able to pick a doctor that suits me best....also I don't want a lesser doctor taking care of me as he would be a government funded doctor and may not be the best.

    Hillary is appearing as a 1 policy plan presidential candidate with all this push for healthcare.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Illinois Vet

    Bill Schneider won't drop Obama supported blog entries. Could you pucker up any harder?

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. Michael Godin

    If we had decent jobs that paid decent wages, the government wouldn't have to try to do our job(caring for our families) for us.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. thomas pridemore west lafayette indiana

    No she wont drop this issue because it's emotional, what are all these women hanging on her arm begging for help going to do right now (today) thats the question.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Fox; Rio Rancho NM

    Valerie, I disagree. I think that Clinton is all over the place. I think we are in need of Change. Not another Clinton in the house.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. nancy

    Sen Clinton understands how intertwined the health care issue is with the overall economy. As a small business owner and employer I could accomplish much more if I were able to count on a 'single payer' / primarily government-run health care system. Providing health care to employees is such a huge burden for employers and is such a huge unknown expense from one year to the next–it is inflating at a rate above just about everything else in the economy.

    Our economy would greatly improve having that burden off the shoulders of our businesses.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. kendell

    Yes, but he eloquently turned it around on her with the point that there are alot of good ideas, but the manner in which she went about it was in part the reason for it's unsuccessfulness.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. casey

    Hey CNN let Hillary talk, and why do you have her go first all the time, she talks and he parrots her words, come on..the trend is becoming evident.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. MRC

    Obama also said that "irresponsible parents" are why children today are not covered. That is a judgement call on his part, not a statement based on research.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Valrine Daley

    Yes, Senator Clinton tried to press Senator Obama on the healthcare issue as a way of demonstrating her "experience" but that in and of itself is not sufficient to demonstrate her ability to collaborate openly on achieving the goal. Frankly, I think this where Senator Obama, once again, has strength. His willingness, experience and transparency around the political process are critical to elevating the self-esteem, self-confidence and trust of the American people. The road ahead, environmentally, geo-politically, and culturally will require us to have the fundamental psyche to navigate this new terrain.
    Thank you.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Marchelle

    Obama is what we need in all issues because he is not lazy like Hillary. he is willing to try new things and if they don't work he'll try more options. We need change and he is willing while she wants to keep trying the same thing.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. dmhkh

    Campbell Brown is letting Obama run out the clock at least 2-1 over Senator Clinton. Why is that.? Check the time, I am right. Also why does CNN have these two candidates sitting on top of each other. clearly there is another table which could have been set between them Obama due to his size is continually in Senator Clinton's space and crowding her. This is really unfair to both to them but it clearly disadvantages Senator Clinton. There is absolutely no excuse for this.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. ClintonSupporter

    Well if people will get health insurance and cover themselves and their families, then the rest of us who have bills to pay will not be taxed for irresponsible people who end up at the hospital and cannot pay their medical bills. We pay taxes, medicare and social security and we have no choice, so what is the big deal about getting health insurance!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |

    when you were debating about sen obamas palgerism you commented about his speech about bringing the senate and the people together in making changes you are asking for vote from the people in your campaign but i havent heard you speak on anything about together i beleive sen obama is campaiag for the chair and the people however tonight you seem very bitter question is are you going a,make the nesscary real changes needed or stick to the old policy it doesnt seem as though you have us/ the people in mind, together is what the people want they want to know, how are you going to insure we know?or is going to be the same old politics behind closed doors and as far as words are concerned i have heard you us words of other dignitaries as well but no one claimed palgerism

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. David

    How is he misleading? Clinton is swinging for the fences because she is desperate. She is not focusing on the issues and is trying to attack Obama because he is better at speaking than she is.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. Karen Hudson

    (To the moderator: WHY such a delay in posting my comments? Many of the other comments use derogatory labels, defamation and so on--not to mention, spelling that Webster never sanctioned! WHAT GIVES?)

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Sunny Young

    people are not willing to purchase health insurance until they are sick. if people keep complaining about how come government does not get involve with this problem, then leave the situation as is. If you want the government to be involved, then requiring health insurance is a way to help the people.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. ismael Sosa

    Hillary was rude! She spoke about "plaigarism" and about ethics and she cannot follow the rules set by a moderator of a debate at the university of Texas. What a joke!

    Ismael Sosa
    Longview, Texas

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Jerry Davis

    I wonder if the Somalia conflict will arise once again will be lost again. President Clinton was the Commander in Chief when this conflict became a thorn in his side how will either Obama or Clinton handle this situation this time. Also will either Senator respond to such issues as the Haitian crisis in the same manner as President Clinton handled it. In other words will it be the same answer.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. Brian

    Its because Clinton rambles on with words, just words.....

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Jim

    She offers incentives not just mandates for those. If everybody is not a part of the process then the rest of us will pay for them and I personally am tired of doing that NOW. If everyone is not a part then we all pay so what would be the difference than what we have now.

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. ervin

    Obama has no experience in many issues. He tries to use Hilary's ideas and make them sound better. Obama is a politician with words, but that is the same problem we faced when America believed in Bush.

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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