September 18th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton talks health care on American Morning

Watch CNN's John Roberts interview Sen. Hillary Clinton.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – One day after unveiling her universal health care plan, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, called criticism of her strategy "politics as usual" and defended the strategy as an effective way to give all Americans affordable insurance.

"I feel very good and quite confident that the parts of the plan that I have put together will find a lot of favor among people who know what we have to do to get to universal coverage," Clinton said Tuesday on CNN's American Morning.

Clinton, who was panned for taking a lead role in crafting a healthcare plan in her husband’s administration, also sought to assuage any concerns about her new plan.

"This is not government-run health care," Clinton said. "We're not creating any new bureaucracy. We're trying to build on what works and fix what's broken in our system. If you're satisfied with the health care coverage you have, you get to keep it, no questions asked."

Clinton also released an ad Tuesday touting her plan in Iowa and New Hampshire and will host a Web cast this evening on her presidential campaign Web site.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Related: Clinton and health care, take 2

Filed under: Healthcare • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Paul Conley, Palmetto Bay, Florida

    I find it amazing that the group getting the best and free health care available, our elected officials, cannot provide minimal health care to the group paying the bill. We're more interested in paying for our never ending military adventures to be able to afford a luxury like health care.

    September 18, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Carol Kissner in Green Bay, WI

    I could not believe my ears when CNN stated that Carl Rove doesn't agree with Hillary Clinton's healthcare reform. He said that it would take away rights from citizens. He has got to be kidding. He has been attached to Pres. Bush for at least the last 8 years. During the years of the Bush administration citizens of the United States have lost more civil and human rights than we have as long as I have been alive. Fear...the Bush administration just loves to play on fear. People need to start being fearful of all the things we are or have already lost.

    September 18, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Kenji Sawaguchi, Frederick, MD

    I saw this program, and wasn't impressed. Hillary's plan was essentially full of promises, but neglects to mention that federal taxes will have to be raised to pay for it. Since Social Security funds won't be raided to pay for it, this is yet again another one of her promises to destroy the nation's economy. The geriatric population will love it, I'm sure.

    September 18, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Hillary woke up this morning and thought about health care while eating Cheerios CNN reports.

    Other candidates have put forth healthcare plans, but this is the pre-ordained queen people.

    While she was on this show did anyone ask her if her plan includes ILLEGAL immigrants yet?

    After 13-15 years of working on this, you left that part out eh, Shrill?

    During the show, she showcased her new infomercial on how "YOU TO" can turn $1000 into a $100,000 practically overnight.

    September 18, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Antonio, Atlanta, Ga

    CNN has every right to have Senator Clinton on the morning show to talk about her health care plan, the public needs to know her position. But I have a question, did CNN bring Edwards or Obama on the show to discuss their plans, which were produced much eariler?

    September 18, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. TransparentTrollop

    A corrupt new organization interviewing a corrupt politician is what I saw. You two deserve each other, at the bottom..

    September 18, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. BCNU purple state, usa

    carol of Green Bay, you wrote:

    During the years of the Bush administration citizens of the United States have lost more civil and human rights than we have as long as I have been alive."

    I know this is off topic here, but what rights have you lost?

    September 18, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    During the Bush Administration even Canadians Lost Rights...Who would have to ask that question.
    Iraqui's lost rights, Afghanistan's Lost Rights, and many lost their lives. Anymore questions?


    Like the Lady on the Emmy Awards said...
    If Mothers were Presidents there wouldn't be an BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP Wars!
    GO HILLARY FOR ALL MOTHERS and their children!

    September 18, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Will she ever release a plan about Iraq? OH i forgot she doesnt want to talk about teh war!

    September 18, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Z.G., Arlington, Va.

    I don't get it, this is a no brainer but no one is thinking. I don't oppose medical for the poor or uninsured. I oppose insurance for them. OK we give them insurance then what? They call the insurance company for a doctor's visit? What good is the insurance without medical care? Massachusetts has required everyone to have insurance – guess what? Not enough doctors or doctors won't accept insurance.

    What about looking at the government paying for medical school, and then the doctor agrees to take on some of these patients for a few years. Or have the government pay malpractice insurance for doctors that take these patients. For a business that provides services (labs, x-rays, hospitals...) they charge at a significantly lower rate for the poor and take the rest up to a percentage as a business deduction. The government should find a way pay malpractice insurance or provide a stipend, something to keep docs in as OBGYN, Internal Medicine, and pediatrics (The lowest paid doctors). I bet it will be cheaper and more affective than buying insurance, which does not guarantee medical care.

    September 18, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. Sam IA

    Ahh, the Hillary haters mindlessly posting thier venom. How predictable. You say raising taxes to pay for it is somehow a negative thing? Stop and think about this, America already HAS universal healthcare and YOU pay for it. Have you seen anyone setting on a street corner with an arm torn off and blood spurting lately? We have a hodgepodge of county facilities. They are innefficient and costly and this is the myth insurance and healthcare facilities want you to believe. The scariest thing they can imagine is competition and accountability. IE capitalism.

    September 19, 2007 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  12. Joe, Florida

    Before anyone comes up with a dumb "Who's gonna pay for the plan" question. Let me remind who pays Government and its programs (i.e. Defense among others). WE DO PEOPLE, HELLO!

    People sometimes forget who are paying taxes in the same place, WE ARE, and we sure as heck can demand more from the Federal Government, including basic health care.

    September 19, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  13. BCNU purple state, usa

    During the Bush Administration even Canadians Lost Rights…Who would have to ask that question.
    Iraqui's lost rights, Afghanistan's Lost Rights, and many lost their lives. Anymore questions?

    Please enumerate. The rights in question are Constitutional rights.

    You posture that death causes a loss of rights, that assertion is correct, but sorry, that goes on everyday in every country around the world.

    Which Constitutional rights have you been denied? Especially in Canada, what rights has BushCo taken from you?

    I just would like specifics, that's all. We continually hear that rights are taken away, but have you been personally affected?

    Where, when, how?

    September 19, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. SB, Maryland

    She wants to mandate that every American citizen purchase their own healthcare but there are no measures to regulate the cost to the consumer?

    September 19, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. SB, Maryland

    Hillary (the mother) voted FOR the war. Geesh.

    September 19, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. butch posey Raeford,N.C.


    September 19, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |