Hillary: No one will defend ObamaCare better than me!

posted at 4:01 pm on January 18, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

So much for distancing herself from Barack Obama. In the debate last night, Hillary Clinton attacked Bernie Sanders for his new “Medicare for all” proposal, and positioned herself as the defender of the status quo that is, er … not terribly popular. Nevertheless, Hillary wrapped herself firmly in Obama’s mantle as a way to attack Sanders, accusing him of wanting to tear up Democrats’ progress on health care:

Talking about picking the losing horse! In the past year, there has not been a single poll that shows a majority favoring the Affordable Care Act; in fact, the last one to show that was three years ago, almost ten months before the disastrous implementation of ObamaCare. Only three polls since have shown even a plurality in favor of ObamaCare, and all three were within the margin of error. Most polling show majorities opposed to the law, and the margins have widened of late.

So this is an unusual strategy for the general election. Does it really help Hillary in the primaries? The threat from Bernie Sanders comes from the progressive-populist grassroots who demonize corporations like insurers, and who demand health care as a right provided by government for “free.” Hillary tries to feign hostility toward insurers in her answer, but the knock on ObamaCare for the Left is that (a) it didn’t go far enough, and (b) it provided a captive market for Big Insurance.

Bernie’s plan, on the other hand, gives progressives both the single-payer system they demand and the soak-the-rich tax plan of their dreams:

There are still lots of questions about how the middle class would fare under his new plan. But it’s clear they would definitely do better than the rich.

Employers would put up about half of what Sanders’ staff think the campaign would cost. They’d pay a new payroll tax of 6.2 percent, equal to the amount employers already pay to Social Security. That tax would raise $630 billion a year, the campaign projects.

Most Americans would have to pay a “premium” – although unlike a premium for a conventional insurance plan, this fee would increase with the household’s income. That premium amounts to a 2.2 percent increase in taxes on earnings that would raise about $210 billion a year. With the standard deduction, it would apply to households earning at least $28,800 a year, according to the campaign.

The rich would pay through the nose. In addition to the premium, Sanders would increase the marginal rate on those earning at least $250,000 a year. Those earning between that amount and $500,000 would pay 37 percent on that income. Income between $500,000 and $2 million would be taxed at a rate of 43 percent; income between $2 million and $10 million would be taxed at a rate of 48 percent.

Needless to say, this single-payer proposal doesn’t have a prayer of passing through Congress. It’s yet another of Bernie’s socialist fantasies, given more gravitas simply because of his position in the polls. But the Democratic base doesn’t want to hear about reality in the primaries — they want someone who will fight. (Sound familiar?)

Without really gaining anything in the primaries, Hillary’s impassioned defense of Obama will make it a lot easier for Republicans in the fall to argue that she’s running for Obama’s third term — assuming she wins the nomination, which is looking more dicey every day. Chris Cillizza points out that these quotes right out of Hillary’s own mouth give the GOP a terrific ad to run all summer and fall:

Splice the three quotes I started this piece with into a TV ad. Throw in a visual or two of Obama and Clinton laughing or hugging. And whammo! You’ve got a terrific negative ad that puts lie to Clinton’s past insistence that she won’t simply be a continuation of Obama’s policies.

Now Republicans were already making that attack. And with or without Clinton’s strong defense of Obama on Sunday night, Republicans were going to keep making it. But the strongest (read: most effective) ads in this cynical time are the ones featuring the candidate herself saying things that seem to contradict other things she’s said.

Clinton handed that ad to Republicans on Sunday night. She might have had to do it — you can’t win the general election if you can’t get to the general election — but it comes with a major downside that Clinton will feel if she is the Democratic nominee this fall.

If. And that if grows larger with every passing day.


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“I don’t feel no ways tired,” says Hillary of defending ObamaCare

bobnox on January 18, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Obamacare is also like Communism for the excuses. “It’s great. It’s just not been implemented properly. Just give us another chance.”

RBMN on January 18, 2016 at 4:09 PM

yup the ad does write for itself….

cmsinaz on January 18, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Talking about picking the losing horse!

Has she really recovered from her concussion?

rbj on January 18, 2016 at 4:15 PM

“Hillary: No one will defend ObamaCare better than me!”

Of course not. No one is a more prodigious liar than you.

Dusty on January 18, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Tell us all about how you love Obamacare, Hillary!

Our candidates will promise to repeal it, and we’ll let the voters decide.

Steve Z on January 18, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Socialists understand neither economics nor human nature.

They have a problem with English as well, because they keep using the word “free” but everything they say they’ll give to people for free costs more money than is available.

So my question is: Why on Earth would anyone with an IQ over 75 vote for a socialist when he makes promises that he can never, ever fulfill?

Hank_Scorpio on January 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM

If Hillary pulls off the nomination (and I’m praying that she does), she’s probably chosen the worst path for the general election.

Embracing Obama and his policies without being able to exude any of his (supposed…I don’t feel it) charm. It’s an effort to capture as much of the Obama coalition while continuing to abandon everyone else.

Blacks will still probably vote Democratic at about a 90% rate, but it’s below Obama’s 95% and the turnout will probably be lower as well. All the while, she’ll continue to shed white voters, in particular white men, who will, instead of voting Democratic, either stay home or vote Republican.

It’s a recipe for electoral disaster. Now, just to get Hillary over that finish line.

TheJamesMadison on January 18, 2016 at 4:21 PM

We already have a nation-wide federal ‘single payer’ health care system.

It’s called The Veteran’s Administration.

How’s that working out?

GarandFan on January 18, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Jeez Ed…THAT FACE!

need a warning on the main page stat!

Rogue on January 18, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Who the biggest panderer today? Donald or Hillary?

rubberneck on January 18, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Go Cankles, GO!
We’re behind your candidacy all the way.

Fondly,
Every Conservative in the Entire World

orangemtl on January 18, 2016 at 4:28 PM

We already have a nation-wide federal ‘single payer’ health care system.

It’s called The Veteran’s Administration.

How’s that working out?

GarandFan on January 18, 2016 at 4:22 PM

+10000

Hank_Scorpio on January 18, 2016 at 4:28 PM

I could only listen to the news for a few minutes when I heard Hilary saying this about Obamacare, her voice and her “tone” were unbearable. Ewe, go away Hilary and leave me alone.

Fleuries on January 18, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Who the biggest panderer today? Donald or Hillary?

rubberneck on January 18, 2016 at 4:24 PM

I think it’s Bernie. He throws the word “free” around and the boneheads lap it up like good little stooges. He’s making promises that he could never keep because of a thing I like to call “reality”.

Hank_Scorpio on January 18, 2016 at 4:30 PM

It’s a recipe for electoral disaster. Now, just to get Hillary over that finish line.

TheJamesMadison on January 18, 2016 at 4:21 PM

I’ll be satisfied if her finish line is the inside of a federal courtroom.

butch on January 18, 2016 at 4:38 PM

“I don’t feel no ways tired,” says Hillary of defending ObamaCare

bobnox on January 18, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Better believe it! After all, she’s still defending her wretched husband (William Jefferson Cosby) …

RedPepper on January 18, 2016 at 4:42 PM

Quisling JustUs Benedict Roberts already outdid Cankles by foisting Obamacare swindle upon The Serfs.

viking01 on January 18, 2016 at 4:45 PM

…Skanks gotta Skank…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 18, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Hillary’s words expressing fealty to ObamaCare are intended to sooth the ears of upper-middle class leftist white women — her base.

These gals are completely untouched by the wretchedness that is ObamaCare.

They have no awareness of how ordinary people are suffering under ObamaCare, which is both economically ruinous to family budgets and is a pile of steaming, stinking crap for all the good it does (which is zero).

Yet these affluent women who drip with white privilege think they are oh-so caring and wonderful to stand with Hillary in the fight to keep ObamaCare alive for us “little people.”

Hillary wants the votes of these women and she’s got ’em. And they’re all she’s gonna get. Those votes and 20 bucks will get her a cup of coffee at Starbucks on Election Day.

FlameWarrior on January 18, 2016 at 4:50 PM

She has purchased enough super delegates to have the nomination in the bag. The rest is just theater.

Serious Drivel on January 18, 2016 at 4:54 PM

If Hillary pulls off the nomination (and I’m praying that she does), she’s probably chosen the worst path for the general election.

Embracing Obama and his policies without being able to exude any of his (supposed…I don’t feel it) charm. It’s an effort to capture as much of the Obama coalition while continuing to abandon everyone else.

Blacks will still probably vote Democratic at about a 90% rate, but it’s below Obama’s 95% and the turnout will probably be lower as well. All the while, she’ll continue to shed white voters, in particular white men, who will, instead of voting Democratic, either stay home or vote Republican.

It’s a recipe for electoral disaster. Now, just to get Hillary over that finish line.

TheJamesMadison on January 18, 2016 at 4:21 PM

This.

I will only add; I think that even some women will slowly turn away from Mrs. Clinton in due course, if she is the nominee. Now, it doesn’t mean they’ll go Republican, but the Republicans have a shot at pulling over these female voters if they emphasize economics and self-protection (gun rights).

Mrs. Clinton is a terrible candidate; she cannot connect with voters; she is blatantly hypocritical; she panders; she’s painfully robotic and scripted; and she’s corrupt. Add to that the unpopularity of Obama’s policies, and she’ll be stuck between Barack and a hard place.

Aizen on January 18, 2016 at 4:55 PM

So my question is: Why on Earth would anyone with an IQ over 75 vote for a socialist when he makes promises that he can never, ever fulfill?

Hank_Scorpio on January 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Is that one of them there ‘rhetoricals?’ We have people being interviewed on camera congratulating the North Koreans for their successful H-Bomb test, and others who aren’t sure where Mount Rushmore is.

Ignorance is also a factor, and “free” stuff the Government pays for?

dogsoldier on January 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Hillary: No one will defend ObamaCare better than me!

John Roberts, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Mr. D on January 18, 2016 at 5:04 PM

As she sinks in the polls, it becomes more lightly Obama gives the green light for indictment. Can not have the nominee being a sure loser.

Techster64 on January 18, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Glad that Hillary has finally pointded out that Bernie is a neocon.

supersport667 on January 18, 2016 at 5:08 PM

She is probably defending Obamacare in order to avoid an indictment. Her way of letting O know his legacy is only safe with her… look for H to stop trying to tack away from 0 and join herself at the hip as a downpayment on a non-indictment.

Floriduh Jim on January 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Hillary: No one will defend ObamaCare better than me!

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have actually funded Obamacare… Twice.

Hillary, not so much.

Magicjava on January 18, 2016 at 5:22 PM

Talking about picking the losing horse! In the past year, there has not been a single poll that shows a majority favoring the Affordable Care Act;

True, but not necessarily relevant. In Nov 2012 opposition was at -7.2 (as in oppose was 7.2 pts higher than support) but Obama went on to win in a landslide the election. What is opposition today? -8.4, not that different really.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/obama_and_democrats_health_care_plan-1130.html

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Did someone say, liberals are stupid?

She’ll take any position in order to be as far opposite as possible of her current liberal opponent. Regardless of how unpopular it is, or how much clawing, lying, and pandering it will take back towards the center when facing a conservative opponent.

Oxymoron on January 18, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Hillary Rodham obama :)

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2016 at 5:57 PM

Even her grammar is atrocious and incorrect

“No one will defend obamacare better than I will” is correct (not “me”)

This rancid woman

matthew8787 on January 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Monica Crowley had a good line today when asked why Hillary was wrapping herself in Obama.

Her reply: “just 3 letters: F.B.I.”

matthew8787 on January 18, 2016 at 6:03 PM

True, but not necessarily relevant. In Nov 2012 opposition was at -7.2 (as in oppose was 7.2 pts higher than support) but Obama went on to win in a landslide the election. What is opposition today? -8.4, not that different really.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/obama_and_democrats_health_care_plan-1130.html

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Not relevant because NO ONE believed for a minute that Romney would overturn Obamacare.

Except you?

itsspideyman on January 18, 2016 at 7:56 PM

Monica Crowley had a good line today when asked why Hillary was wrapping herself in Obama.

Her reply: “just 3 letters: F.B.I.”

matthew8787 on January 18, 2016 at 6:03 PM

or maybe it’s this:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Not relevant because NO ONE believed for a minute that Romney would overturn Obamacare.

Except you?

itsspideyman on January 18, 2016 at 7:56 PM

If you say so. Nonetheless the single person most associated with ‘Obamacare’ went on to win +126 EV margin, +5 million (+4%) popular vote margin.

Also, nobody believes any of the GOP nominees will really overturn the PPACA either. They certainly haven’t bothered to develop any replacement plans.

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 8:01 PM