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Henry A Waxman

Tightening Democratic race revives party's old debate over healthcare

Tightening Democratic race revives party's old debate over healthcare

When Hillary Clinton was working on healthcare reform as first lady more than two decades ago, she disappointed some left-wing Democrats by refusing to push a system that would offer government health coverage to all Americans.

Instead, like many top Democrats and liberal leaders, Clinton advocated a centrist approach that would guarantee health coverage while preserving the current system of commercial insurance. That political strategy later became the foundation of President Obama’s successful push to enact the Affordable Care Act.

Now, Clinton finds herself replaying some of the same battles over how to achieve universal healthcare as she runs for president and tries...

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