Clinton Attacks Obama on Health Plan

By MichaelJames

Jan 12, 2008 6:12pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton, for the first time, directly accused Sen. Barack Obama of leaving millions of people out of his health care plan because of politics.

Clinton, speaking in Reno, Nev., told a crowd at a Mexican restaurant:  “Sen. Obama leaves 15 million people out and you can’t tell me that was not done for political reasons.”

Obama has taken issue with Clinton’s claims that his plan leaves people out. Obama has argued people should not be forced to buy health care if they can’t afford it.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton shot back at Clinton over today’s remarks.

“What’s political is the misleading attack Hillary Clinton continues to make on Barack Obama’s health care plan, even though she knows full well that every single American who wants health care could get it under Sen. Obama’s plan," he said. "The real difference here is that Barack Obama doesn’t start by having the government force people to buy health insurance if they can’t afford it, and that’s why his plan does more to bring down the cost of health care than any other plan in this race. As Bill Clinton’s former labor secretary has said, Barack Obama’s plan would actually cover more Americans faster than Hillary Clinton’s would."

Clinton later took the debate even further.

“We know that several of his advisors, when asked why he didn’t  cover everybody, said it was politically controversial, said that it was politically ambitious," Clinton told reporters. "And yes it is.”

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