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Make no mistake, Hillary Clinton loves PPACA

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The fifth anniversary of the signing into law of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), aka Obamacare, many of the presumed and actual Republican candidates for president much of the day attacking the law.

While Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked his audience at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University to “imagine in 2017, a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush kept pace by declaring the law a “disaster.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, meanwhile, used the anniversary to try and bolster his growing database of supporters, tweeting: “It’s been five years of broken promises. Add your name to stand with Gov Walker in his fight against #ObamaCare.”

Across the ideological divide, however, one prospective presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, was busy embracing the law, as well as the man who’s name is so closely associated with it. She tweeted, “#ACA@5: 16m covered. Young ppl. Preexisting conditions. Women get better coverage. Repeal those things? Embrace them!”

Clinton, who had tried and failed to push through a single payer health care system as First Lady, has defended PPACA before, even while acknowledging some of its faults.

“I think we are on the right track in many respects but I would be the first to say if things aren’t working then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes,” Clinton said at a healthcare event in Orlando, Fla., last June. Ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, Clinton had urged Democratic candidates to run on Obamacare’s successes, rather than let Republicans control the narrative of what they portrayed as a failed law.

“On a very personal, self-interested basis, you should have health insurance to protect yourself and your families from unpredictable costs that none of us know will be striking whenever,” she said. “You can’t sit here today and tell me for sure you won’t have a car accident, you won’t have a slip or a fall, you won’t have some kind of disease that you never thought you’d ever be stricken by.”

But Clinton has also signaled that she might be open to amending the law, specifically targeting the medical device tax.

“On the tax itself, again, I think we have to look to see what are the pluses and minuses that are embodied in a decision about either to remove or alter or continue this particular piece of the Affordable Care Act,” Clinton told a Chicago conference of medical device makers in October.


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