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Clinton Wanted The List Of Obamacare Dissenters

- July 31, 2015

After Months Of Lobbying, Clinton Wanted The Full List Of Dissenters Against Obamacare. (Miguel Rodriguez, Email To Hillary Clinton, 11/08/09; State Department Release, 7/31/15, p. 17)

In 2009, Clinton Called “Lawmakers To Enlist Their Support For Health Care Legislation.” “Mrs. Clinton has also taken on duties that go beyond her job description. At the request of the White House, she made calls to wavering lawmakers to enlist their support for health care legislation late last year.” (Mark Landler and Helene Cooper, “After a Bitter Campaign, Forging An Alliance,” The New York Times, 3/19/10)

Clinton Was “Active In Whipping Votes For The White House And Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” “Hillary Rodham Clinton attempted to persuade on-the-fence Democrats to vote for the healthcare reform bill that narrowly passed the House on Sunday. Lawmakers told The Hill that Clinton, who failed to convince the Democratic-controlled Congress to pass healthcare reform in 1994, was active in whipping votes for the White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).” (Molly K. Hooper, “Hillary Clinton Urged Lawmakers To Vote Yes On Healthcare Reform,” The Hill, 3/23/10)

  • Clinton Called Rep. Steve Lynch (D-MA) But Was Unable To Persuade Him To Vote For ObamaCare. “Clinton called Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) over the weekend to ask him reconsider his planned ‘no’ vote. Lynch had the conversation on the balcony off the House Speaker’s Lobby, overlooking a chanting crowd of protesters, he said. Lynch added that Clinton, whom he described as a ‘good friend,’ could not change his mind.” (Molly K. Hooper, “Hillary Clinton Urged Lawmakers To Vote Yes On Healthcare Reform,” The Hill, 3/23/10)
  • Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) Heard From Clinton And Others Lobbying Him To Vote For ObamaCare. “Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who was among the final holdouts, said that Lynch wasn't alone in hearing from Clinton. ‘I was talking to one member who was called by the president, the vice president, Secretary Clinton and seven other Cabinet members, so they were calling in everybody,’ Stupak said, refusing to reveal that member’s name.” (Molly K. Hooper, “Hillary Clinton Urged Lawmakers To Vote Yes On Healthcare Reform,” The Hill, 3/23/10)

In February 2010, Clinton Admitted That She “Had A Number Of Conversations” With People In The White House And Members Of Congress About Passing ObamaCare. CNN’S CANDY CROWLEY: “Have you called anybody on the Hill or have you talked to the White House? Are you dispensing the wisdom of your time trying to figure this out?” CLINTON: “Well, when I’m asked, I am very happy to respond. I mean, it’s not anything I have direct responsibility for, but I’ve had a number of conversations and both in the White House and on the Hill and with others who are playing a constructive role. And I, like I think many Americans, hope that there can be a positive outcome.” (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 2/7/10)


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