Hillary: We must defend ObamaCare
Democratic 2016 front-runner Hillary Clinton released a campaign video Monday trumpeting the benefits of ObamaCare just days after the law secured a major victory in the Supreme Court.
“We’ve got to defend the Affordable Care Act,” Clinton says in the minute-long video, which was taped at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
It’s her first healthcare-focused ad of the 2016 election cycle and comes in the wake of the court’s decision to uphold the law’s healthcare subsidies in King v. Burwell.
Following that ruling, the crowded field of Republican candidates has doubled down on their pledge to repeal ObamaCare, making it more likely that healthcare will be a defining issue in the 2016 elections.
The video features an emotional exchange between Clinton and a high school student named Meghan Richardson, who suffers from a chronic lung condition called cystic fibrosis, a condition that previously would have made it difficult to receive health insurance.
Clinton also underscores her own 25 years of experience — including her time in the White House as first lady — working to expand access to healthcare.
“No child, no adult, should go without quality, affordable healthcare. My pledge, as it has been for 25 years, is I will do anything I can to make that promise,” she says to a small crowd of supporters, including Meghan.
Two decades ago, Clinton spearheaded a White House task force on healthcare with hopes of delivering on a key campaign promise during her husband’s first term.
Less than a year later, their effort to provide universal healthcare fell flat after it failed to generate widespread support even among Democrats.
Clinton’s video comes hours after Jeb Bush renewed his attack on ObamaCare on Monday, declaring in a blog post that the court’s ruling was not the end to the battle against ObamaCare.