November 25th, 2007
06:53 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama touts healthcare plan, Clinton camp fires back

Obama campaigned in Iowa on Saturday.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Saturday that his healthcare plan would bring costs down more than any of his opponents' plans would.

"Cost is the number one reason that 47 million Americans do not have health insurance," Obama said. "This is wrong, and it’s why my plan does more to cut the cost of health care than any other proposal in this race."

Obama said it would save the "typical family" $2,500 a year in healthcare premiums.

He added that the reason people don't have healthcare is because it's too expensive, not because they don't want it. He said that's why a mandated plan–what rivals Hillary Clinton and John Edwards are offering–won't necessarily solve the problem.

The Clinton campaign was quick to fire back.

"[Senator Obama] wrote a plan that leaves 15 million Americans without coverage," said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer in a statement. "That is unacceptable and Senator Obama should explain why he chose to leave so many people uninsured. When it comes to cutting costs, Senator Clinton's plan is just as aggressive, if not more so. The real difference is that her plan covers every American."

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. AFellowDemocrat


    You have got your facts all jumbled up.
    It is Hilary that the Republicans are so anxious see as the Dem nominee.

    Just why do you think, Karl Rove, George and Laura Bush among others have come out campaigning for Hilary?

    She gets the nomination, and the Republicans sail through again. You've gotta hand it to these guys they really do have political skill.

    Posted By Klaus. NY : November 25, 2007 8:37 am

    Klaus, it is you my dear who is jumbled up with hope. Look at substance on the ground. Hillary needs one more state which Gore and Kerry didnt get it. She has very good chances of taking Ohio and Florida. Obama doesnt.

    So if you really want Democrats to win, Hillary is your best bet.

    November 25, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Tired of Corruption LV

    According to Clinton she has been battling for 35 years for health care for everyone and yet she says it won't be implemented until into her SECOND term. What a failure this person is.

    Everyone better read between the lines of her proposal. With the money she receives from the drug and insurance companies, they will certainly be top priority in her plan.

    November 25, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Markie B., Sacramento, Calif.

    Can someone show me where in the Constitution it mentions "Universal Health Care".
    Posted By Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Can someone show me in the Constitution where it says it's OK for insurance companies to deny policyholders medical care? Can someone show me in the Constitution where it's says it's OK to have the nation's health as a for-profit venture? Can someone show me where in the Constitution it grants drug companies the right to charge Americans 300 percent more for the same drugs than they due across the border in Canada? Can someone show me where in the Constitution it says the federal government can provide Big Pharma and Big Insurance with tax breaks while they rape the American people each and every day? Rhetorical questions all. Because you can't show me. It isn't in there.

    November 25, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Mark, B'ham, Al

    As always I do not see the democrats cutting the biggest single cost of medical care and promote Tort Reform. When I lived in Upstate New york in 1985 1/3 of your medical bill was to protect the doctor and hospital from ambulance chasing lawyers. They do not want to put the sharks out of bussiness. Also if you want Universal health care look at the US Military with its HMO system, 4 month waiting for an orthopedic surgon, and not able to get the latest and greatest in drugs such as Lipitor. That is government run health care. Also, new invention is based on money so if you get Universal Health care where the dems want to control the pharmacies and hospitals cost then we are not going to get much improvement over what we have now in care. What has come out of the socialist countries as far as inovations in medicine, the abortion pill!

    November 25, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Maria, Houston

    Chris, Toledo, OH

    Yes, everybody should be allowed to opt from having the health care coverage... and consequently be refused health care services unless they pay up front. Either you are multimillionair or you are an idiot.

    Obama is right, most of people who do not have heatlth insurance don't have it because they cannot afford it, or are rejected by the current system. If Clinton stated than her plan would not be effective for another 5-7 years,it is worthless. We cannot wait that long.

    November 25, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. therealist

    Both plans are losers because they both take away American's right to choose. Why are democrats only pro-choice when it comes to killing unborn babies??

    November 25, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. spinstopper

    Dems are making promises to spend billions of more tax dollars on health care INSURANCE while they ignore our countless other failing governmental programs like Social Security, Education, Welfare, Medicare, Vetern Administration, Child Services, etc, etc.

    Once again, younger generations are going to get screwed by the self-centered flower children of the sixties. Your parents(the greatest generation) must be so proud of you..

    November 25, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Bryson, Idaho

    Clinton is a joke. She wants the presidency so bad that she will say anything to anyone to pick up a vote; while in the process try to make herself look like Americas last/only hope.

    Thanks but no thanks lady. I trust this guy better than your nagging nonsense.

    November 25, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. sure

    Obama is a joke too. He only sounds good when he makes a speech. He doesn't make sense to the issues he talks about. Did I hear someone said "Republicans will open arms to Obama for the debate." Frightening. He had nothing strong enough to face Republicans. Don't waist your vote.

    Biden 08

    November 25, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    This guy is struggling and trying to copy every move and statement by CLINTON. Lets just vote for the clear leader and the only choice in 2008..

    dont waste a vote on obama

    Posted By Jerry Johnson IOWA : November 25, 2007 9:20 am

    LOL to you Jerry!

    If you even pay attention to the candidates you would know Hillary at every debate has been trying to pull herself closer to the other candidates while they push away from her. Get your facts straight! Obama's not coping Hillary, everyone can see that. And just so you know Hillary at the moment is also stuggling. I got a question for you, why do you support Hillary? I see Vote for Clinton but is that for Bill or Hillary or do you want a combo?

    Honest Politics, well, more honest than the Clintons Obama 08!!!!!!

    November 25, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Bernie Moore-Knowles - Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    Give it up, Hillary! Like your second venture would be any better than your first?

    Obama in 2008!

    November 25, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Jim L., Irmo, SC

    Here is a link to an interesting article on Obama and health care. It appears in a New Hampshire paper. It does take a favorable view of Obama.

    November 25, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. wale azeez boca raton florida

    These health plans are crazy!!!! Subsidize health care only to raise taxes in another facet of's kind of putting money in my right pocket and taking from my left pocket: net effect zero. Let demand and supply run the industry like it is. Tackle the problem at the source. Healthcare is expensive one because research is expensive and the insurance companies are using the above excuse to line their pockets even further. Regulate the industry and let the laws of economics run its course after all that's the function of the government in a capitalist society.

    November 25, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. randy,newyork,NY

    Obama 08,he is honest he is not afraid to answer thugh quations,he is our next president.barack the vote america!

    November 25, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    Clinton should actually understand Obama's plan before criticizing it. Everyone will be covered. Go to the Obama campaign web site and read his Issues section on health care and read his speeches on health care. Then compare them with what Clinton says. She is simply being untruthful about this. Go see for yourself!

    November 25, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    Senator Clinton's attack against Senator Obama's healthcare plan is cynical and meritless. None of the Democratic plans is likely to be passed in its pure form, and all have strong and valuable ideas.

    Just as with the rest of her campaign, the attempt to paint Senator Obama as weak on health care is simply another "tactic" and not a sincere comment on the plan. The truth is that Senator Obama would have a reasonable chance of uniting the Country behind serious healthcare reform - while Senator Clinton would likely unearth all the old political divisions that could put reform into jeopardy.

    I am increasingly convinced that Senator Clinton cannot be trusted with Presidential power. The "trust" issue will not go away.

    November 26, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  17. Gregory Ogden UT

    Why is it that politicians keep insisting that people are making a choice not to have health insurance? As if putting a roof over the heads of their children or providing health insurance is actually a choice. We can also take this "choice" option one step further and say "well sir here is your choice you can chose to have this surgery and live or not chose to have this surgery and die. But remember that your health insurance dose not cover it so if you have it you will probably spend the rest of your life paying it off." This choice option has turned the average American into little more than slaves for the wealthy elitist.

    November 26, 2007 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  18. Tevin, Raleigh, NC

    I cannot believe Hillary on Healthcare when she takes money from Lobbyists! Furthermore, I will not give away my freedom. I will not be required to buy healthcare. I hope someone can get Hillary to let it be known what my punishment would be if I didn't buy healthcare! Her plan would never work. Once again, Obama's plan is best!

    November 26, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. A Voter in N.Y.

    Jimenez – SA – you said "They rather have him then Clinton – cuz Clinton is undefeatable and they know it."

    Nope, not the reason, she is the worst thing for our Country and I know that.
    I can't take 4 years of her lying and endless promises to fix things her way.
    I am an American and want to live free, not under socialist rules.

    November 26, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Ken, Arlington, VA

    "These health plans are crazy!!!! Subsidize health care only to raise taxes in another facet of life…it's kind of putting money in my right pocket and taking from my left pocket: net effect zero"


    You forgot to factor in the horrid inefficiencies of Govt. Just how much would the Feds skim off the top to run their massive,ever growing bureaucracy?

    Everone complains about how badly Government performs, yet they want to throw more money into that hole. Unbelieveable. There's got to be a way to salvage what we have (which is high quality medical care) as a starting point...not this nonsense being promised us by a bunch of bureaucrats and politicians.

    November 26, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Jennifer, des moines, IA

    OBama will not be my candidate.

    I have attended to many of his town hall meetings in Iowa, and have not been impressed by what he said. His speeches have been full of generalities, and lack substance.

    November 27, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |

    Obama has no plans,nothing to offer this great country, he uses his opponts plans and changes a word or two to claim as his own.. Thats where oprah can help him...

    November 28, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
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