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Clinton Continues To Exaggerated Her Role In SCHIP

- October 11, 2015

Clinton “Had Little To Do” With SCHIP. “Hillary Clinton, who has frequently described herself on the campaign trail as playing a pivotal role in forging a children's health insurance plan, had little to do with crafting the landmark legislation or ushering it through Congress, according to several lawmakers, staffers, and healthcare advocates involved in the issue.” (Susan Milligan, “Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed,” Boston Globe, 3/14/08)

“Current And Former Lawmakers And Staff Said Hillary Clinton Had No Role In Helping To Write” SCHIP. “And several current and former lawmakers and staff said Hillary Clinton had no role in helping to write the congressional legislation, which grew out of a similar program approved in Massachusetts in 1996.” (Susan Milligan, “Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed,” Boston Globe, 3/14/08)

During The 2008 Campaign, Lawmakers Fumed Over “Clinton’s Exaggeration” Of Her Role On SCHIP. “But privately, some lawmakers and staff members are fuming over what they see as Clinton’s exaggeration of her role in developing SCHIP, including her campaign ads claiming she ‘helped create’ the program. The irritation has grown since Nov. 1, when Clinton - along with fellow senators and presidential candidates Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and John McCain - missed a Senate vote to extend the SCHIP program, which was approved without the votes of those lawmakers.” (Susan Milligan, “Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed,” Boston Globe, 3/14/08)

During SCHIP Negotiations, Hillary Clinton’s Name “Barely Surfaced.” “During months of SCHIP negotiations in 1997, her name rarely surfaced in news accounts. Clinton never testified before Congress or held a news conference on the bill. When Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), the lead GOP negotiator of the children's health bill, heard reports that Clinton was depicting herself as SCHIP's main advocate, ‘I had to blink a few times,’ he said. Hatch said he doesn't recall a single conversation with Clinton about SCHIP, even a mention of her name. ‘If she was involved, I didn't know about it,’ he said.” (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, “Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles,” The Washington Post, 3/24/08)

  • Then-Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): “You Know How She [Clinton] Says, ‘I Started SCHIP’? Well So Did I.” “‘You know how she says, 'I started SCHIP'? Well, so did I,’ joked Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), one of the Democrats who pushed the bill across the finish line along with Kennedy.” (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, “Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles,” The Washington Post, 3/24/08)
  • Then-Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Noted That Clinton’s Only Connection To SCHIP Was That She Was The First Lady. “But when her rhetoric on the campaign trail started to filter back to the Capitol, the veteran legislator became stingier with his praise. ‘At the last hour, the administration supported it, and she was part of the administration, so I suppose she could say she supported it at the time,’ Kennedy said.” (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, “Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles,” The Washington Post, 3/24/08)

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