October 16th, 2009
10:52 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton predicts passage of health care reform

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that she is "very optimistic" a decent health care reform package will be enacted. She refused, however, to offer any opinion regarding the specifics of what should go into such a package.

"I have a different role now" than she did when she took the lead in attempting to craft a health care plan during her husband's administration, she told CNN's Jill Dougherty "I'm going to cheer from the sidelines."

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. lila

    She has proven to be one class act.

    October 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Willy Brown

    No way Mrs Bill Clinton.

    October 16, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Darkdays

    These people can't seem to understand that a constructive plan to healthcare reform can be reached, but it needs to be thought out and done correctly.Reid and pelosi's mad dash to get a disaster passed (which no one knows what far reaching effects it will have,) is totally ignorant.To wreck a complete system just because of campaign promises and so that the small percentage of the population that don't have healthcare will have it, is irresponsible. The burden that this will put on the working class will be massive before it's over with. I am all for lower cost of healthcare, medicine and helping people, but it needs to be done in an intelligent manner without destroying the system we have, successful change is a gradual process.Hope your wrong hill.

    October 16, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    don't be too optimistic...

    and if you have a different role, maybe you should focus on that and shut up about this....

    October 16, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. m jeff

    That's all Americans want is decent healthcare Premiums, right now Private Insurance is not decent, It' downright disgusting.

    October 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. www.firedoglake.com

    I hope that Secretary Clinton is correct.

    The people of the United States need real health care reform, which must include a robust public health care option that will be made available to all Americans.

    If a robust public health care option is not included in the bill that finally goes to the Senate floor, Reid and the White House will surely regret it in Nov 2010 as they watch the House and Senate go to the Republicans.

    October 16, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    What a class act. Thanks for all your hard work in this troubled world Ms.Clinton. You are setting a new standard for powerful women leaders in this country.

    Hopefully there will not be too many anti-woman haters on these comments.

    October 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Centrist

    Health-care needs to pass with a majority-supported public option to secure competitive choices and extend affordable coverage for more Americans.

    October 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. box72

    I have more admiration everyday for this lady's professionalism and teamwork with the Obama admin. She is a true pro who clearly loves her country. A lot of respect for Obama also for his inclusiveness.

    October 16, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Renee, OR

    Good answer, but then, she's always good off the cuff.

    Obama/Clinton = Good Team

    October 16, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Idiot_Pelosi

    Of course a SOCIALIST is happy about a SOCIAL REFORM program.

    October 16, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. J in NJ

    James Madison wrote, "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents..."
    Sadly, not one Democrat bill addresses "health care" so much as it seeks omnipotent centralized government power and control, the currency of the Left.

    October 16, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Ted:Canada

    I hope so!

    After watching Dr Oz free clinics show and the poor people that showed up...

    You guys look like a third world country where human beings have to beg in an effort to stay alive.

    Health care is a human right!

    You have failed to provide your own people with this right.

    So much for the "land of the free and the home of the brave"

    Up here we hope you don't get sick as your fellow Americans will abandon you like a dirt bag!

    Anyboody who votes this down needs to declared

    ANTI HUMAN! and

    Good Luck Obama

    October 16, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. diridi

    time t pass the health care reform with public option

    October 16, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. jon c. sprowl

    clinton is a joke. the heath care plan is a joke

    October 16, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    At this point in the game, everyone on the Obama team has to present optimism. He's still one step ahead though and has started on the defensive. This is a typical progression to the final phase:" It didn't happen and that's George Bush's fault".

    October 16, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    She has every reason to be optimistic...the democrats have chosen a path offorcing this down our throats no matter what we say. They refuse to listen to practical ideas such as tort reform and allowing competition across state lines. All they want is POWER..... and we will be stuck with the costs of this forever. God help us...we made a huge mistake last Novemeber, and now we will pay the ultimate price.

    October 16, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Dennis

    How many people realize they will still have to pay for coverage and if they don't, the IRS will garnish their wages?

    October 16, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Wake Up

    I'm sure it will be rammed through against America's wishes. Most are against it, and many for it, wouldn't be if they actually knew what was in the bill.
    I just wonder why so many obamabots are on here rooting for govt takeover, less freedoms and generational debt. I love my health care. I work hard and buy insurance. So should you.

    October 16, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Tom from Roch., NY

    Obama/Clinton 2012.
    Clinton/Pelosi 2016.
    Clinton/Pelosi 2020.

    October 16, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Jeff

    Providing low cost/no cost insurance to all Americans might sound like a bad investment economically, but we are talking about people, real flesh and blood people. Our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family, these are the people who will be helped. Which is more important, a few extra dollars in your wallet, or providing for those in need? What would Jesus do?

    October 16, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. box72

    I live in the UK and we have a NHS + my husband and 51/2 months old baby have a private insurance through a company that I work for. We have never felt the need to use our private insurance becuase our needs are catered for by the NHS. I know there is a flood of comments criticising the NHS system in the UK, but at least I know if anything happen I don't have to worry about the cost.

    I had a baby recently and had the best care all though out my pregnancy and delivery of our baby.

    I do not understand why some are againt health reform or National health in the US unless they are in the tanks for the insurance company. How can you have 46million people in your country without healthcare?

    October 16, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |