November 28th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: Obama not being truthful on healthcare plan

Clinton and Obama stepped up attacks on each other's healthcare plans Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ratcheted up the rhetoric over healthcare Wednesday, each accusing the other of not being straightforward on the issue.

Campaigning in Ankeny, Iowa, Clinton said Obama's plan does not cover all Americans, and accused the Illinois Democrat of misleading voters about his proposal's limitations.

"He has called his plan universal, then he called it 'virtually universal,' but it simply does not deserve the label," said the New York senator. "When it comes to truth in labeling, his plan simply flunks the test."

Clinton and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards both support a plan that mandates Americans to have healthcare. Clinton's plan requires insurance companies to offer coverage to anyone who applies.

Obama, who does not support a mandated plan, says the reason people don't have health care is because it's too expensive, not because they don't want it. His plan would create a national health insurance program for those who do not have employer-provided health care and who do not qualify for other existing federal programs. It does not mandate individual coverage for all Americans, although it requires coverage for all children.

"He’s been saying there’s no difference between our plans," said Clinton Wednesday. "But his plan would leave 15 million Americans uninsured – including more than 100,000 people right here in Iowa."

Meanwhile, in a conference call with Iowa reporters, Obama criticized Clinton for calling for a healthcare mandate while not saying how it would be enforced.

"Until she clarifies what exactly she intends to do to enforce this mandate - is she going to fine people, is she going to take other steps to enforce it - this is more of a political point that she's trying to make than a real point," he said. The Illinois senator also repeated his claim that his health care plan would do more to than those of his opponents to reduce costs.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Annie, Rose Hill, IL

    Just reading Hill's face in this photo: "Wait 'til I stab you in the back over this one."
    I'd ask her why the healthcare and pharma industry is all over her in donations to her campaign. Watering down her actions into nothingness, while she can "command" being the expert?

    November 30, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Crisitina, Elk Grove, CA

    Obama rocks and is so going to win! He deserves to! Hilary is going downnnnn!

    November 30, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Christian, Cranbury NJ

    Listen, isn't everyone tired of politics? We never get straight answers anymore. Its like pulling teeth sometimes. However, the one thing that makes me lean towards Mr. Obama is that he sounds like less of a politician than the others that I have listened to. He sounds real to me. I like his response that if Healthcare were affordable that everyone would have it. I do not claim to be a Dem or Rep, I am however trying to live in a country with a leader that looks out for the real people. Not the ones that could afford Healthcare no matter the cost.

    January 3, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. lomayani

    The World loves Obama

    January 26, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  5. devaki ganesan

    Sen. Hillary Clinton's plan for Health Care makes sense. If there is no mandate to provide Health Care it is never going to happen. In rural areas / underserved areas Health Care could be provided by Clinics staffed by physicians and nurses who take loans from Government to finance their education just like the Army, Navy and Air Force susidises education. These individuals who are supported by student loans could work off their debts by providing services to the underserved areas. There are already Veterans Hospitals with equipment and technology which can be used by the Clinics in underserved areas.

    Have we not had enough of Clinton bashing? I have not heard anything specific or in depth discussion of his plans whenever Sen. Obama speaks. He generalizes and glosses over all issues with Hope and Change as if the magic wand will appear and make it happen.

    I have not heard any serious discussion on Education. Is this going to be included in any of the upcoming debates?
    Devaki Ganesan

    January 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Susan

    With both of these Health Care Plans...the potential costs are WAY OFF! The minute something like this is enacted...

    ******EVERY corporation in America will dump their retirees and possibly their employees into the New Health Care Pool.

    Costs will go up dramatically for the United States Tax Payer and way down for Corporate America. Nothing in this world is free...this Democratic idea is a bad one.

    February 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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