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Email Shows That Clinton Seeks 'the Unraveling' of Obamacare
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) at the 43rd annual Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministering Meeting in Hanoi on July 23, 2010. (Na Son Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images)

Email Shows That Clinton Seeks 'the Unraveling' of Obamacare

Jeffrey H. Anderson

If further evidence were needed that this country faces two choices going forward on health care, a leaked Hillary Clinton email just provided it. The choices we face are (a) the repeal of Obamacare and its replacement with a conservative alternative, or (b) a government monopoly. Obamacare cannot last, and even the Democratic nominee for president is apparently seeking, and pushing for, its demise.

A WikiLeaks release Tuesday shows Clinton writing the following in an email exchange, reportedly with senior policy adviser Ann O’Leary:

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In the email, Clinton conveys her support for Republicans’ ill-advised effort to repeal—or delay—Obamacare’s “Cadillac tax.” (Such efforts are ill-advised because Republicans should be pushing for full repeal, not catering to various interest groups in pushing for partial repeal.) But the striking thing is Clinton’s motivation: She wants the Democrats “to be careful” to let the Republicans’ legislation pass, because that legislation, she conveys, “begins the unraveling of the ACA” [Obamacare].

That doesn’t sound like someone who’s trying to make Obamacare better, which Clinton has campaigned as being committed to doing. Rather, while posing as an Obamacare supporter, she has been eager to see President Obama’s signature legislation “unravel,” so that it can to give way to a true government monopoly.

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