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Clinton: Sanders Wants to 'Start All Over Again' on Healthcare

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By    |   Friday, 15 January 2016 10:12 AM

Bernie Sanders wants to "start all over again" with a new plan and national debate on healthcare, Hillary Clinton charged Friday morning, and she doesn't agree with that plan "especially with the Republicans trying to repeal the gains we've made.

"I think we have a legitimate substantive difference and it's in that part of the campaign where we need some spirited debate about our differences," the Democratic presidential front-runner told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program Friday.

"You know, people are going to start making up their minds."

Last week, Clinton came under criticism after statements made from her daughter, Chelsea, over the Vermont senator's backing of universal health care.

He responded with a photo of the two of them after she thanked him for his work on health care, and on Friday, she pointed out that the photo was from 1993 or 1994, "when I thanked him for supporting universal health care, a goal I held, absolutely steadfastly for many years."

But the Affordable Care Act, she said, has put the United States "for the first time on a path to universal health care," and admitted there are still improvements that need to be made.

"With all due respect to Bernie Sanders, who I really do value for his intensity and passion and advocacy, basically what he's doing is saying, 'hey, we need to start all over again. Let's tear it up and replace it. Details to be forthcoming.'"

But, the former senator, secretary of state and first lady told the program that she does not think Republicans should be able to repeal Obamacare, and she is "very happy that the president was in the White House to stop that because their talk of repeal is never followed by any detail about what we're do to keep people having access."

Beyond that, Clinton touted her qualifications for the Oval Office, including that she has a "very clear sense combining the domestic side of my brain with the foreign policy national security side of it."

But it's not a simple matter running the country, she told the program.

"We've got to figure out how to get the economy moving forward, keep our country safe, and continue to have strong leadership in the world," said Clinton.

"We need more jobs and good jobs," said Clinton. "Why don't we invest more in infrastructure? The debate that held up the highway bill forever just seems so misplaced. They're jobs that can't be exported. They're jobs done by Americans, and while we're at it why don't we do what people say we should and have tax credits and incentives for companies who want to have jobs."

Clinton continued that once again being the leader in advanced manufacturing is not "pie in the sky stuff."

Further, she said she is making a call for income equality, including with the minimum wage and for women.

"We're a 70 percent consumption economy," she said. "If people feel they don't have the chance or the luxury to start spending again, we're not going to grow the way we need to. And it's imperative that we do more to, get credit flowing again for small business. So I have a very clear view about what needs to happen and what will work. "

Clinton said she does have a great deal of respect for Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley as her opponents for the presidential nomination, but knows what it will take to do all parts of the presidency.

She also denied there are any bad feelings between herself and Vice President Joe Biden, after he made statements about her experience in working against income inequality.

"I have been working against inequality since I was right out of law school, and I have worked hard to try to level the odds for people who are often left behind and left out," she said.

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Bernie Sanders wants to "start all over again" with a new plan and national debate on healthcare, Hillary Clinton charged Friday morning, and she doesn't agree with that plan "especially with the Republicans trying to repeal the gains we've made."
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