Republicans love to highlight any instance where Hillary Clinton “flip-flops” on policy, but Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling marked a win for a stance she has almost always held – the need for health care reform. And Hillary Clinton’s new political video shows she intends to take advantage of that win.
In the 1990’s, the Clinton administration set out with the goal of creating a comprehensive plan to provide universal healthcare for all Americans – Hillary Clinton chaired the Task Force on National Health Care Reform during that time.
Hillary Throws Down the Gauntlet and Steps Up to the GOP
“Even after two Supreme Court verdicts and a presidential election, they are still fighting to take us backwards,” Clinton said, referring to the 2012 Supreme Court decision on the issue, and that year’s presidential election.
“I think we can sum up the message from the Court and the American people: ‘Move on.'”
Hillary’s new ad makes her stance pretty clear: “We must defend the Affordable Care Act.” This is a strong stance for a candidate who has been criticized by other presidential hopefuls in both parties for refraining from making a clear stance on controversial issues.
In this ad, Hillary makes sure to use her stance on the Affordable Care act to bolster her campaign rhetoric of “family first.” In the start of the ad, Hillary says to a small crowd at a bookstore, “I don’t know how many of you have had a terrible illness – and you know how hard that is, and you know what the impact is on the family trying to afford to give the best care that can possible be provided.”
During the speech she reaches out to an emotional Meghan Richardson who lives with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs.
“So when [Hillary Clinton] had reached out, it was a really personal connection. Like, I’m here, I hear what you’re saying to me; I will do my best” the recent high school graduate says.
A strong stance on health care reform and a history to back it could win Hillary some major points with her base. Plus, Hillary is making personal connections with young men and women across the country, helping to soften her image.
For the 2016 Presidential Election, “The ACA is Here to Stay”
After Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, many have questioned if this is the last attack we’ll see on healthcare.
The battle over the ACA isn’t over, but a complete abolishment of the act is highly unlikely because of the sheer number of Americans who have already signed up for government healthcare.
Congress can still amend the act through legislation, so this means the ACA will continue to be a hot button issue in the 2016 presidential election. And with Hillary’s past on this issue, she’ll be able to stick to her guns and prove to her base that she has been loyal to healthcare reform.