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Clinton Expressed Support For "Medicare For All" On The 2008 Campaign Trail

- October 13, 2015

When Asked By A Yale Medical Student If She Would Support A Single-Payer Health Care System In February 2008, Clinton Said She Would If It Were Politically Feasible. "In New Haven on Monday, a fourth-year Yale medical student named Liza Goldman approached us excitedly to report on a conversation she had with the New York Senator on the rope line. According to Goldman, she told Clinton, 'I'm sure you know that single-payer would save billions of dollars and thousands of lives.' Clinton, Goldman says, responded in agreement but said, 'It's not politically feasible.' So Goldman offered her a hypothetical: 'Would you sign it if it came across your desk?' 'She said yes, and shook my hand,' Goldman said." (Marcella Bombardieri, "Would Clinton Sign A Single-Payer Bill?" The Boston Globe's Political Intelligence, 2/6/08)

In An Unpublicized Talk In April Of 2007, Hillary Clinton Voiced Support For "Medicare For All" If Democrats Controlled At Least 55 Senate Seats. "Clinton was asked directly about the relative modesty of her approach in a revealing, unpublicized New York talk in April, in which a board member of the Community Service Society of New York, Jonathan Greenberg, asked her why she 'continue[s] to see the solution' as private insurance, rather than a single-payer national system. 'Well, I didn't say that,' Clinton responded, to the audience's apparent surprise. But she added that 'for the short term, it'll probably have to build on the employer-based system, but with a lot of changes in how it operates and what the insurance companies are expected to do.' She also proposed providing 'options to people to buy into government health care.' A far broader program known as 'Medicare for All,' she said, 'would be something to be considered' if Democrats can win at least 55 seats in the Senate." (Ben Smith, "Clinton Set To Unveil Health Care Plan," Politico, 9/17/07)

  • "She Said A Single-Payer 'Medicare For All' Program 'Would Be Something To Be Considered' - If Democrats Win Enough Seats In Congress." (Editorial, "Hillary Care, Part II: Choices Now, But Not Later," The [Manchester] Union Leader, 9/19/07)

Clinton Preferred "A Medicare-Style Plan For All." "For one thing, Mrs. Clinton Says this time she will seek consensus before moving ahead. While her preference, and that of many democratic voters, would be a Medicare-style plan for all, she tells audiences it wouldn't be possible to get such a system passed in congress." (Jackie Calmes, "Why Health Care No Longer Makes Politicians Leery," The Wall Street Journal, 5/30/07)

Diane Blair Recorded Clinton In 1993 As Saying Single-Payer Is "Necessary"

In February 1993, Clinton Told Diane Blair That Single-Payer Is "Necessary" In Healthcare Reform. "On Feb. 23, 1993, Blair joined the Clintons for a family dinner at the White House. The subject of health care reform came up. 'At dinner, [Hillary] to [Bill] at length on the complexities of health care-thinks managed competition a crock; single-payer necessary; maybe add to Medicare,' Blair wrote." (Alana Goodman, "The Hillary Papers," The Washington Free Beacon, 2/9/14)

("The Clinton Files," The Washington Free Beacon, 2/9/14)


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