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Orlando, Fl - In Nod To Sanders, Clinton Offers New Health Care Proposals

Published on: July 10, 2016 12:12 PM
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FIEL - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders holds up his notes while speaking about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform during a speech in Albany, New York, U.S., June 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder FIEL - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders holds up his notes while speaking about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform during a speech in Albany, New York, U.S., June 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Orlando, FL - In another nod to primary rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is proposing to increase federal money for community health centers and outlining steps to expand access to health care across the nation.

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Clinton’s campaign says the proposal is part of her plan to provide universal health care coverage in the United States. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee also is reaffirming her support for a public-option insurance plan and for expanding Medicare by letting people age 55 year and older opt in.

The announcement Saturday was a clear gesture toward Sanders, who ran a strong primary campaign against Clinton and has held back from endorsing her candidacy as the party’s convention nears.

In a statement, Clinton said: “We have more work to do to finish our long fight to provide universal, quality, affordable health care to everyone in America.”

Clinton’s campaign noted that Sanders had promoted doubling money for primary care services at federally qualified health centers. Money for these centers was increased under the Affordable Care Act, an effort led by the Vermont senator.

According to the Clinton campaign, her proposal would make money for these centers permanent and expand it by $40 billion over the next 10 years. Her campaign said the money would be mandatory and not subject to annual appropriation. The proposal would more than double the money for the centers, which currently get $3.6 billion annually.

Sanders, in a conference call after the Clinton campaign’s announcement, said her proposal “will save lives” and “ease suffering” and represented “an important step forward in expanding health care in America and expanding health insurance and health care access to tens of millions of Americans.”

The health care proposal follows on Clinton’s recent announcement of new ways to tackle college affordability, including a plan that ensures families with annual incomes up to $125,000 pay no tuition at in-state public colleges and universities.

That initiative was seen as a response to Sanders’ call for free tuition at all public colleges and universities, an idea popular with the young voters who flocked to his rallies.

Clinton’s policy overtures come as Sanders appears to be close to supporting her candidacy.

Two Democrats with knowledge of Sanders’ plans told The Associated Press that Sanders was closing in on offering his public endorsement of Clinton. The Democrats spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations they were not authorized to disclose.

Clinton’s campaign has announced a stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday but did not say whether Sanders also would attend.

Sanders told reporters that the two campaigns “are coming closer and closer together in trying to address the major issues facing this country.” He added: “We’ll have more to say, I think, in the very near future.”

Clinton and Sanders frequently clashed over health care during the primaries. Sanders campaigned on a “Medicare for all” plan that would have provided universal coverage. Clinton said that would undercut President Barack Obama’s health law, rely too heavily on GOP governors and reopen a contentious debate with Republicans in Congress.

Clinton’s health care priorities have centered on capping out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and providing tax credits for families facing high medical costs.

Clinton has reiterated her support for a “public option” for states to set up their own health insurance plan to compete against private insurers. Sanders was instrumental in passing legislation that would allow that.

Both supported a public insurance option at the national level but opposition from moderate Democrats prevented that proposal from being included in the health overhaul law.

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Thomas reported from Washington.

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Federally qualified health centers: http://tinyurl.com/m4ao3fc

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 12:25 PM Anonymous Says:

This lying criminal panders to every community and group stupid enough to believe her lies and vote for her! Libs/dems have proven themselves to be either pathetically gullible or morally corrupt, so no surprise they could support someone as dishonest as she is,

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 01:16 PM #neverhillary Says:

She's such a phony.
Hillary is a lying snake.
She should lose her security clearance.

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 02:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Great idea Hillary. Watch our healthcare go down the tubes!

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 02:24 PM HilaryForPrez Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

This lying criminal panders to every community and group stupid enough to believe her lies and vote for her! Libs/dems have proven themselves to be either pathetically gullible or morally corrupt, so no surprise they could support someone as dishonest as she is,

Thats why a Hilary president witha republican house & senate should be our dream. She will pander to Paul Ryan and finished. Basically you will have a republican presidnet but without the Trump Coarseness and divisiveness.

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 02:24 PM Pop Says:

Democrats should all move to Cuba. And leave us alone.
They aren't done destroying this country and have no regard for the constitution.

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 03:09 PM Roger Says:

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HilaryForPrez Says:

Thats why a Hilary president witha republican house & senate should be our dream. She will pander to Paul Ryan and finished. Basically you will have a republican presidnet but without the Trump Coarseness and divisiveness.

Sweet dreams.
Hope she's not elected.
She should be in jail for perjury.

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 Jul 10, 2016 at 07:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
HilaryForPrez Says:

Thats why a Hilary president witha republican house & senate should be our dream. She will pander to Paul Ryan and finished. Basically you will have a republican presidnet but without the Trump Coarseness and divisiveness.

Don't be an idiot. Hilary would continue the disastrous policies and failures of Obama. But then again, there's no talking sense with demos.

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