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Clinton outlines progressive health care agenda

Hillary Clinton is pledging to follow through on progressive health care policies in a new campaign document as Democratic delegates meet in Orlando on the party’s platform and she woos Bernie Sanders’ supporters.

The document mostly rehashes Clinton’s previous proposals, including extending Medicare as an option to Americans 55 years and older, allowing undocumented immigrants to purchase coverage from Obamacare exchanges, and efforts to fight high out-of-pocket health care costs.

The document itself is largely symbolic, but it’s taken on more weight this year as Clinton moves left to appeal to Sanders’ supporters. Sanders, who clashed with Clinton during the primary over his support for a single-payer health care system, praised the Clinton plan in a press call Saturday morning.
“Together, these steps will get us closer to the day where everyone in this country has access to quality, affordable health care,” Sanders said.

In a new proposal, Clinton calls for doubling funding for primary care services at community health centers, which serve working class and poor Americans. That proposal was part of a compromise with the Sanders campaign, according to Sanders delegate Michael Lighty, policy director of National Nurses United — a group that was among the most vocal proponents of Sanders’ single-payer plan.

The Clinton proposal would give the centers $40 billion in funding over a decade. During the negotiations leading up to the passage of Obamacare in 2010, Sanders pushed for more community health center dollars and won them in exchange for dropping his single-payer plan.

source: POLITICO, By NANCY COOK, July 9, 2016

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