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An "A" For Effort?

- October 26, 2015

Clinton's Recent Answer Generously Grading The Obama Presidency An "A," Highlights The Awkward Tightrope She Faces While Trying To Distance Herself from Policies She Once Supported

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • When asked to grade the Obama administration and its policies, Clinton generously gave it an "A."
  • Despite Clinton's "A," she has recognized Obama's failures by trying to break with the administration on a host of policy issues despite previously supporting almost all of them.
  • Clinton has called Obama's Syria policy a "failure" despite being his top diplomat, called for a repeal of the Cadillac Tax despite lauding ObamaCare, and dubbed his immigration policy "no longer workable" despite wanting to go further.
  • The dichotomy between politically motivated shifts and her overall praise of his administration highlights the constant tightrope Clinton will continually be forced to confront, and the extent to which Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT) has forced her to the left.

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In An Interview With The Boston Globe, Clinton Gave The Obama Administration An "A" For Its Overall Performance. HILLARY CLINTON: "I'd give him an 'A.' I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy from falling into a great depression, for saving the auto industry which represents millions of jobs up and down the supply chain, for beginning the crackdown on Wall Street abuses with Dodd-Frank, for getting the Affordable Care Act passed, for really being as responsive as he could possibly be given the obstructionism that he faced with the republicans in congress." (Hillary Clinton Interview With The Boston Globe, 10/17/15)

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CLINTON APPEARS TO BELIEVE OBAMA'S HANDLING OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS DESERVES AN "A" DESPITE WIDESPREAD REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT

Clinton Said The VA Scandal Has "Not Been As Widespread As It Has Been Made Out To Be ." CLINTON: "Yeah, and I don't understand that. You know, I don't understand why we have such a problem, because there have been a number of surveys of veterans, and overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment. Now…" MADDOW: "Much more so than people in the regular system." CLINTON: "That's exactly right." MADDOW: "Yeah. Right." CLINTON: "Now, nobody would believe that from the coverage that you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in part in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have." MADDOW: "But in part because there has been real scandal." CLINTON: "There has been. And - but it's not been as widespread as it has been made out to be." (MSNBC's " The Rachel Maddow Show," 10/23/15)

Last Year It Was Reported That The VA Hospital In Phoenix, The Facility At The Heart Of The VA Scandal, Created A "Secret List" In An Attempt To Hide That Over 1,000 Veterans Were Waiting Months For An Appointment

CNN Headline: "A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish And Die On VA Hospital's Secret List" (Scott Bronstein And Drew Griffin, "A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish And Die On VA Hospital's Secret List," CNN, 4/30/14)

According To Whistleblower Reports, A VA Hospital In Phoenix "Developed A 'Secret Waiting List' To Hide Delays, Possibly Affecting Dozens Of Patients Who Died While Waiting For Care." "The Legion's action on Monday followed multiple reports of preventable deaths and attempts to cover up treatment delays at VA health clinics. At least two whistleblowers have said a Phoenix VA hospital developed a 'secret waiting list' to hide delays, possibly affecting dozens of patients who died while waiting for care." (Josh Hicks, "American Legion Calls For Resignation Of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki," The Washington Post , 5/5/14)

"At Least 40 U.S. Veterans Died Waiting For Appointments At The Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Many Of Whom Were Placed On A Secret Waiting List." (Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin, "A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish And Die On VA Hospital's Secret List," CNN, 4/30/14)

  • The "Secret List" Was Designed By VA Officials "Who Were Trying To Hide That 1,400 To 1,600 Sick Veterans Were Forced To Wait Months To See A Doctor." "The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources." (Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin, "A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish And Die On VA Hospital's Secret List," CNN, 4/30/14)

VA Facilities Across The Country Continue To Be Plagued With Wait Times That Are "Increasing Significantly" For Our Country's Veterans

"Appointment Wait Times At The Department Of Veterans Affairs Are Not Getting Better." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

  • CNN Headline: "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals" (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

"Despite Billions Of Extra Dollars Poured Into The Agency In The Last Year And Numerous Reforms Intended To Improve Veterans' Access To Care … Some VA Facilities Continue To Grapple With Appointment Wait Times Of Months Or More." "Despite billions of extra dollars poured into the agency in the last year and numerous reforms intended to improve veterans' access to care, whistleblowers and internal documents obtained by CNN reveal some VA facilities continue to grapple with appointment wait times of months or more." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

Even The Notorious Phoenix VA Center Is Continuing To Have "Complicated Wait-Time Calculations" And Appointment Delays. ""Even at the Phoenix VA medical center, where CNN learned last year 'secret' appointment lists were hiding how veterans were dying waiting for care, sources say complicated wait-time calculations obscure ongoing appointment delays." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

  • Source: "The Reality Is Veterans Are Waiting Months -- Three, Six Months At A Time, Sometimes More -- For Care At The Phoenix VA." "'The reality is veterans are waiting months -- three, six months at a time, sometimes more -- for care at the Phoenix VA,' said one source in Phoenix who agreed to speak to CNN anonymously because of fears of retaliation." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)
  • Cancer Patients Died Waiting For Care At The Phoenix Hospital And Medical Treatment Was Delayed For Nearly 1,500 Veterans Due To "Short-Staffing And Mismanagement Of Urology Care." "Some patients with bladder and prostate cancer died waiting for care, and medical treatment for almost 1,500 others was delayed because of short-staffing and mismanagement of urology care at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, a new investigation has found." (Lisa Rein, "Cancer Patients Died Waiting For Care At Troubled Veterans' Hospital, Probe Finds," The Washington Post , 10/20/15)

"Ongoing Delays In Care Are Not Limited To Phoenix." "Additional VA documents show ongoing delays in care are not limited to Phoenix." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

  • A Draft Of An August Internal VA Memo Warned Of An Overall Increase In Appointment Delays: "Currently Wait Times Are Increasing Significantly." "An internal VA draft memo from August warns, 'Currently wait times are increasing significantly,' referring to an overall increase of appointments with delays." (Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine, "Veterans Still Facing Major Medical Delays At VA Hospitals," CNN, 10/20/15)

Over 300,000 Veterans May Have Died Waiting For Care At VA Facilities

CNN Headline: "307,000 Veterans May Have Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care, Report Says" (Curt Devine, "307,000 Veterans May Have Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care, Report Says," CNN, 9/3/15)

The Washington Post Headline: "Cancer Patients Died Waiting For Care At Troubled Veterans' Hospital, Probe Finds." (Lisa Rein, "Cancer Patients Died Waiting For Care At Troubled Veterans' Hospital, Probe Finds," The Washington Post ¸ 10/20/15)

According To An Inspector General Report, "Hundreds Of Thousands Of Veterans Listed In The Department Of Veterans Affairs Enrollment System Died Before Their Applications For Care Were Processed." "Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. The inspector general said due to limitations in the system's data, the number of records did not necessarily represent veterans actively seeking enrollment in VA health care." (Curt Devine, "307,000 Veterans May Have Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care, Report Says," CNN, 9/3/15)

  • "The VA's Inspector General Found That Out Of About 800,000 Records Stalled In The Agency's System For Managing Health Care Enrollment, There Were More Than 307,000 Records That Belonged To Veterans Who Had Died Months Or Years In The Past." (Curt Devine, "307,000 Veterans May Have Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care, Report Says," CNN, 9/3/15)

CLINTON HAS DEEMED OBAMA'S ECONOMY AS "A" WORTHY, EVEN THOUGH SHE KNOWS SHE CAN'T CAMPAIGN ON "GOOD FEELINGS ABOUT THE OBAMA ECONOMY"

Clinton's Advisers Are "Well Aware" That Clinton Cannot Base Her Campaign On "Good Feelings About The Obama Economy." "Clinton's advisers are well aware that they will not be able to base their campaign on good feelings about the Obama economy. Instead, they plan to highlight the president's achievements - an unemployment rate of 5.3% and a modest recovery from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression - while offering a package of policies aimed at addressing voters' fears about the nation's current direction." (Ben White, "So-So Economy Dogs Hillary Clinton's Campaign," Politico , 7/30/15)

  • There Continues To Be A "Growing Sense Of Unease Americans Have About Their Future." "That's a much more frightening prospect -- for Main Street, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve. It contributes to a growing sense of unease Americans have about their future and makes it harder to set economic policy." (Heather Long, "Will We Ever Get Higher Wages?" CNN, 9/21/15)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For The Non-Existent Recovery Of The Middle Class

Clinton Said The Economy Under Obama Is "Not Running" And That People Are Yet To "Recover Not Only Their jobs, But The Dream Of Home Ownership." CLINTON: "So although I give President Obama enormous credit for avoid a great depression and digging us out of this ditch that we we're in, we're not yet running, we're standing, we're not running. I want us to be running and I want people to recover not only their jobs, but the dream of home ownership and begin to rebuild their wealth and I don't want the republicans to claim, wrongly in my opinion, that building a strong economy at home is only a big trade deal." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce, 10/15/15)

The U.S. Economy "Has Yet To Recover The Jobs Lost During The Recession" In The Middle Third Income Bracket. "According to a study released Monday by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, the U.S. economy now has about 1 million more jobs in occupations that rank in the top third of income and 800,000 more in the bottom third. The middle third, however, has yet to recover the jobs lost during the recession." (Josh Zumbrun, "Post Recession Job Growth Coming In High-Wage Positions," The Wall Street Journal, 8/17/15)

  • Middle-Wage Occupations "Have Collapsed" Under Obama, With 900,000 Fewer Workers Since Before He Took Office. "Meanwhile, many middle-wage occupations, those with average earnings between $32,000 and $53,000, have collapsed. Jobs in the middle include traditionally blue-collar occupations such as truck drivers, welders and auto mechanics. There are 900,000 fewer workers in these occupations than there were before the recession, the report finds." (Josh Zumbrun, "Post Recession Job Growth Coming In High-Wage Positions," The Wall Street Journal, 8/17/15)

Middle-Class Jobs, That "Once Provided A Stable Living For Those With Less Education," Have "Been Replaced With Low-Wage Work." "But middle-skilled jobs, which once provided a stable living for those with less education, have been replaced with low-wage work. Occupations at the growing bottom earn less than $32,000 on average. Only one-third have health insurance and only one-quarter have retirement benefits." (Josh Zumbrun, "Post Recession Job Growth Coming In High-Wage Positions,"The Wall Street Journal, 8/17/15)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For U.S. Incomes, Despite Declining Household Incomes And Calling Raising Incomes The "Defining Economic Challenge Of Our Time"

Clinton Stated Raising Incomes For Americans To Afford The Middle-Class Life Was The "Defining Economic Challenge Of Our Time." "Clinton said that raising incomes for Americans to afford a middle-class life was the 'defining economic challenge of our time. … The evidence is in,' she said later in the speech. 'Inequality is a drag on our entire economy. This is the problem we need to tackle.'" (Annie Karni and Glenn Thrush, "Clinton Goes Heavy On Economic Politics, Light On Policy." Politico, 7/13/15)

American Household Incomes "Lost Ground" Last Year In A Sign The U.S. Economic Expansion "Has Not Led To Gains For Many Americans" Since The End Of The Recession. "American household incomes lost ground last year and the poverty rate ticked up, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Wednesday, in a sign the U.S. economic expansion has not led to gains for many Americans five years after the 2007-2009 recession." (Susan Heavey, "U.S. Household Incomes Slip, Poverty Rate Up Slightly In 2014," Reuters, 9/16/15)

Median Household Income Has Fallen By $1,656 Under Obama, From $55,313 In 2008 To $53,657 In 2014. (Census, Accessed 9/16/15)

  • Household Income Fell By $805 From 2013 To 2014, From $54,462 To $53,657. (Census, Accessed 9/16/15)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For Wage Growth, Despite Stating One Of Her Top Economic Priorities Is To Raise Wages

Clinton Has Said Her "Economic Priority Is To Raise Wages" And Called Wage Growth The "Best Barometer Of Economic Success." "Ms Clinton says her economic priority is to raise wages. That is welcome. The real median household income is lower than in 1996 (see chart). Wage growth, says Ms Clinton, is the best barometer of economic success." (H.C., "The Kitchen Sink," The Economist , 7/13/15)

Stagnant Incomes "Were A Problem In 2013," Have "Remained So In 2014" And Evidence "So Far Suggests Nothing About That Is Changing In 2015." "Stagnant incomes were a problem in 2013. They remained so in 2014. The evidence we have so far suggests nothing about that is changing in 2015. That is the reality shaping the backdrop to the 2016 presidential campaign, the Federal Reserve's interest rate debates and the dinnertime table conversations about the state of the economies in families across the United States." (Neil Irwin, "Why Americans Still Think The Economy Is Terrible," The New York Times, 9/16/15)

Wage Inflation Is Around 2 Percent, The Same It Has Been Throughout The Entire Recovery. "It's not anymore, though. Wage inflation is stuck at the same 2 percent it's been the whole recovery, well below the 3.5 to 4 percent it would be in a normal economy-the implication being that this is not one." (Matt O' Brien, "Excited About An Upcoming Raise? Don't Be." The Washington Post, 8/4/15)

  • In A "Normal Economy" Wage Inflation Would Around 3.5 To 4 Percent. "It's not anymore, though. Wage inflation is stuck at the same 2 percent it's been the whole recovery, well below the 3.5 to 4 percent it would be in a normal economy-the implication being that this is not one." (Matt O' Brien, "Excited About An Upcoming Raise? Don't Be."The Washington Post, 8/4/15)

CLINTON - HIS FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE - HAS GIVEN OBAMA'S FORIEGN POLICY AN "A" DESPITE RECENT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED ATTEMPTS TO DISTANCE HERSELF

During A Recent Speech, Clinton "Signaled Clear Disagreement With [Obama] … In Key Areas Of Foreign Policy, Suggesting In Some Cases That He Has Been Too Hesitant." "Hillary Rodham Clinton - who has spent much of her campaign embracing the policies of President Obama - signaled clear disagreement with her former boss Wednesday in key areas of foreign policy, suggesting in some cases that he has been too hesitant." (Anne Gearan, "In A Break With Obama, Clinton Lays Out Tougher Worldview," The Washington Post , 9/9/15)

  • The Washington Post Headline: "In A Break With Obama, Clinton Lays Out Tougher Worldview" (Anne Gearan, "In A Break With Obama, Clinton Lays Out Tougher Worldview," The Washington Post , 9/9/15)

On The Campaign Trail, Clinton Has Repeatedly "Pointed To Instances Overseas Where She Would Have Taken A Tougher Stance Than Obama." "Again and again, Clinton pointed to instances overseas where she would have taken a tougher stance than Obama, from arming Syrian rebels to confronting an expansionist Russia. In some cases, she was talking about policy debates she lost while serving as Obama's first-term secretary of state, or about advice she suggested was not heeded." (Anne Gearan, "In A Break With Obama, Clinton Lays Out Tougher Worldview," The Washington Post , 9/9/15)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For His Failed Policy Towards Syria Despite Distancing Herself And Calling For A Different Strategy

As Things Worsen In Syria, Clinton Has Attempted To Distance Herself From Obama's And Her Own Failing Strategy And Has Even Called For A No-Fly Zone. " In breaking with the White House by calling for military action to protect civilians in Syria, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is siding with at least two of her Republican opponents in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton adopted the opposite position from the White House she used to serve on Thursday by advocating additional international air power to protect civilians in the multi-front war. 'I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to try to stop the carnage on the ground and from the air, the Democratic presidential hopeful said in an interview." (Anne Gearan, "Clinton Joins Some Republicans In Breaking With Obama On Syria No-Fly Zone," The Washington Post , 10/2/15)

From "F" To An "A"? Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For His Efforts To Combat ISIS, But Has Also Called It A "Failure"

"Clinton Put Some Distance Between Herself And The Obama Administration's Handling Of The Fight Against Islamic State Militants…" "Hillary Rodham Clinton put some distance between herself and the Obama administration's handling of the fight against Islamic State militants, saying she had pushed, unsuccessfully, to do more early on to help Syrian moderate forces in the fight against President Bashar Assad." (Michael A. Memoli, "Clinton Distances Herself From Obama On Islamic State," Los Angeles Times, 7/30/15)

  • Last Year, Clinton Said Obama's "Failure" To Arm The Syrian Rebels Led To The Rise Of ISIS. JEFFREY GOLDBERG: "Do you think we'd be where we are with ISIS right now if the U.S. had done more three years ago to build up a moderate Syrian opposition?" HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, I don't know the answer to that. I know that the failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad-there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle-the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled. They were often armed in an indiscriminate way by other forces and we had no skin in the game that really enabled us to prevent this indiscriminate arming." (Jeffrey Goldberg, "Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' To Help Syrian Rebels Led To The Rise Of ISIS," The Atlantic , 8/10/14)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For His Work On U.S. Relations With Russia, But Has Also Slammed Obama Saying The U.S. Has "Not Done Enough"

Clinton Has Slammed Obama's Handling Of U.S.-Russian Relations, Particularly On Putin's Annexation Of Crimea . CLINTON: "Well, you know, I -- I have been -- I remain convinced that we need a concerted effort to really up the costs on Russia, and in particular on Putin. I think we have not done enough. I am in the category of people who wanted us to do more in response to the annexation of Crimea and the continuing destabilization of Ukraine. I understand the hesitation, not only in our country but most importantly, in Europe. The sanctions came out of the all discussions and you know, maybe to some extent they have had you know, some impact. I think the falling oil price has had more impact and we've got to figure out how we you know, combine both in looking at ways to put more -- to up the costs, to put more pressure on Putin. I think it's one of the long term security challenges that United States, Europe, and especially NATO face. And I don't think we can dance around it very much longer." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 9/9/15)

  • Clinton On Putin's Aggression On The World Stage: "I Think We Have Not Done Enough." CLINTON: "Well, you know, I -- I have been -- I remain convinced that we need a concerted effort to really up the costs on Russia, and in particular on Putin. I think we have not done enough. I am in the category of people who wanted us to do more in response to the annexation of Crimea and the continuing destabilization of Ukraine. I understand the hesitation, not only in our country but most importantly, in Europe. The sanctions came out of the all discussions and you know, maybe to some extent they have had you know, some impact. I think the falling oil price has had more impact and we've got to figure out how we you know, combine both in looking at ways to put more -- to up the costs, to put more pressure on Putin. I think it's one of the long term security challenges that United States, Europe, and especially NATO face. And I don't think we can dance around it very much longer." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 9/9/15)
  • Clinton: "I Am In The Category Of People Who Wanted Us To Do More In Response To The Annexation Of Crimea And The Continuing Destabilization Of Ukraine." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 9/9/15)

But As Secretary Of State, Clinton Was The Face Of The Administration's Russia "Reset." MIKE ALLEN: "Willie, it was Senator Clinton, Secretary Clinton, who was the face of the 'reset.' You guys will remember we saw this on 'Morning Joe' back in 2009, in her second month in office. She was in Moscow at one of her first trips and she presented the Russian Foreign Minister with an actual gift wrapped red 'reset' button." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 3/4/14)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For His Policies Towards Israel, But Insinuated That He Has Been "Less Than A Stalwart Ally"

"[Clinton] Promised To Be The Best Friend Of Israel, Implying, Perhaps, That Obama Had Been A Little Less Than A Stalwart Ally." "She promised to be the best friend of Israel, implying, perhaps, that Obama had been a little less than a stalwart ally. 'To the people of Israel, let me say - you'll never have to question whether we're with you,' Clinton said." (Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, "Clinton Stirs Up Old Difference With Obama On Foreign Policy," The Associated Press , 9/10/15)

  • Clinton: "To The People Of Israel, Let Me Say, You'll Never Have To Question Whether We're With You." CLINTON: "And so I know well that the same forces that threaten Israel threaten the United States. And to the people of Israel, let me say, you'll never have to question whether we're with you. The United States will always be with you. There have also been honest disagreements about the nuclear deal here at home. Smart, serious people can see issues like these differently, like my friend, Chuck Schumer, who's going to be an excellent leader in the Senate. I respect the skepticism that he and others feel, and I respect differences of opinion and people who advocate vigorously for their beliefs." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 9/9/15)

But As Secretary Of State, Clinton "Stepped Up" To Lead The U.S. Criticism Of Israel. "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up U.S. criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his government's announcement during Vice President Joe Biden's goodwill trip to Israel this week that it plans to approve construction of 1,600 more Jewish homes in contested East Jerusalem." (Laura Rozen, "Clinton's Tough Talk With Netanyahu," Politico, 3/12/10 )

CLINTON HAS GIVEN OBAMA AN "A" FOR OTHER DOMESTIC POLICIES EVEN THOUGH SHE VOWS TO GO FURTHER TO THE LEFT THAN HE HAS

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For ObamaCare, But Wants To Alter The Policy Through Numerous Changes

Clinton Wants To Build Upon ObamaCare At The Same Time That She Is Critical Of The Law. "Hillary Rodham Clinton, as she offered up a sheaf of new health care proposals, said she was 'building on the Affordable Care Act.' But lurking in those proposals was a veiled criticism of President Obama's signature domestic achievement: For many families, the Affordable Care Act has not made health care affordable." (Robert Pear, "Hillary Clinton's Health Care Proposals, Focused On Cost, Go Well Beyond Obama's," The New York Times , 10/6/15)

Clinton Will Go Beyond ObamaCare On Capping Patient Costs And Repeal The Law's Cadillac aTax. "She would go beyond the president's 2010 law, capping a patient's share of the bill for doctor visits and prescription drugs. She would repeal the law's planned tax on high-cost employer-sponsored insurance - a tax the White House says is needed to constrain the growth of health spending." (Robert Pear, "Hillary Clinton's Health Care Proposals, Focused On Cost, Go Well Beyond Obama's," The New York Times , 10/6/15)

"Clinton Would Go Further Than The Law's Guarantee Of Free Preventive Health Services …" "Mrs. Clinton would go further than the law's guarantee of free preventive health services and would require insurers and employers to cover three 'sick visits' a year without charging a deductible." (Robert Pear, "Hillary Clinton's Health Care Proposals, Focused On Cost, Go Well Beyond Obama's," The New York Times , 10/6/15)

Clinton Would Go Further On Letting Medicare Negotiate Prices, Limit Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Prescription Drugs And Eliminate Tax Breaks For Drug Advertising. "The White House pointed out that one of Mrs. Clinton's proposals - to let Medicare negotiate prices for high-cost drugs and biotech medicines - was in Mr. Obama's budget in February. Again, Mrs. Clinton would go further. She would limit consumers' out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs to $250 a month, or $3,000 a year. She would eliminate tax breaks for drug advertising aimed at consumers. And she would put pressure on pharmaceutical companies to spend more of their revenue on research and development." (Robert Pear, "Hillary Clinton's Health Care Proposals, Focused On Cost, Go Well Beyond Obama's," The New York Times , 10/6/15)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For His Immigration Policy, Which She Has Called A Strategy That Is "No Longer Workable"

Clinton Has Recently Gone Further Left On Immigration "Than President Obama To Shield Some Illegal Immigrants From Deportation." "In recent weeks, Clinton has called for reforming the nation's criminal justice system to reduce the number of people in prison. The policies she backed tacitly repudiated some of the tough-on-crime moves of her husband's administration which helped boost incarceration rates. She has advocated an immigration policy that would go further than President Obama to shield some illegal immigrants from deportation." (David Lauter, "Clinton Has Shifted Left, But So Have Americans," Los Angeles Times, 5/22/15)

Clinton Has Criticized Obama's Deportation Strategy, Saying That He Worked "Very Aggressively To Deport As Many Immigrants As Possible, And That The Strategy Was No Longer Workable. "'The deportation laws were interpreted and enforced, you know, very aggressively during the last six and a half years, which I think his administration did in part to try to get Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform,' she said. 'That strategy is no longer workable. So therefore I think we have to go back to being a much less harsh and aggressive enforcer.'" (Laura Meckler, "Hillary Clinton Calls Obama's Deportation Policies Too Harsh," The Wall Street Journal , 10/5/15)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For His Clean Energy Plan Even Though She Referred To It As "The Floor, Not The Ceiling"

Clinton Has Called Obama's Clean Energy Plan "The Floor, Not The Ceiling." "The new plan sets a goal of cutting carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. It would reward states and utility companies that move quickly to expand their investment in solar and wind power. Clinton called the plan 'the floor, not the ceiling,' and said she would go further. Her plan contemplates using executive orders if Congress tried to block her proposals." (Anne Gearan, "Hillary Clinton Promises To Build On Obama Climate Plan As Industry And Environmental Groups Weigh In," The Washington Post , 8/2/15)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For His Positions On Arctic Sea Drilling And The Keystone XL Pipeline Even Though She Disagrees With Him On Both

In A "Rare Disagreement," Clinton Came Out Against Obama's Decision To Allow Drilling In The Arctic Ocean. "In a rare disagreement with President Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday came out against drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, one day after the White House granted approval for exploration off the coast of Alaska." (Alan Rappeport, "Disagreeing With President, Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes Drilling In Arctic Ocean," The New York Times , 8/18/15)

  • Clinton Used Arctic Drilling As An Issue She Can Break From The President On And Satisfy The Progressive Wing Of Her Party. "Mrs. Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate who served in Mr. Obama's cabinet as secretary of state, has largely stood by the president on policy matters since beginning her campaign this year. While she has remained silent on whether she would support the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, which Mr. Obama has under review and which environmentalists oppose, Arctic drilling was an opportunity for her to accommodate the progressive wing of her party." (Alan Rappeport, "Disagreeing With President, Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes Drilling In Arctic Ocean," The New York Times , 8/18/15)

Clinton Has Announced Her Opposition To The Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline. "Hillary Clinton moved from being 'inclined' to support the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to announcing Tuesday that she'd oppose it. The move that comes as the former secretary of state seeks the Democratic presidential nomination and felt pressure from rival candidates as well as environmentalists and progressives." (Theodore Schleifer, "Hillary Clinton's 5 Takes On The Keystone Pipeline," CNN, 9/22/15)

  • However, The Fate Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Is With The Obama Administration Which "Has Dragged Its Feet Deciding" Remaining Undecided. "Clinton made good on the promise she delivered last week to finally take a public position on the pipeline 'soon,' on whose fate the Obama administration has dragged its feet deciding." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Hillary Clinton (Finally) Comes Out Against Keystone Pipeline," MSNBC, 9/22/15)

Clinton Gave Obama An "A" For His Plan To Curb Student Debt, Even Though She Insists She Will Go Further

Clinton's Student Debt Plan Would Go Further Than Obama's Current Plan. "Her plan would lower student debt bills for an estimated 25 million existing borrowers by allowing them to refinance at lower rates and to opt into a program that sets payments based on income…This echoes an Obama initiative to ease student-debt burdens. The government has offered income-based repayment plans since the 1990s, but few people used them until Mr. Obama unveiled a more-generous version in 2012. But his plan has been available only to borrowers who took out their federal loans in 2007 or later. Mrs. Clinton's plan would be available to all, something Mr. Obama is also working on." (Laura Meckler and Josh Mitchell, "Hillary Clinton Proposes Debt-Free Tuition At Public Colleges,"The Wall Street Journal , 8/10/15)

 


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