Hillary Clinton Discusses US Health Care System

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Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Thursday during a forum in Las Vegas, Nev., sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists said that she does not support "socialized medicine," the Washington Postreports. During the forum, an audience member, who declined to identifyhimself, asked Clinton why she is "still insisting" on theimplementation of a system of "socialized medicine" in the U.S. at atime when Canada and Britain have begun "pulling away" from suchsystems.

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Clinton said, "That was a string ofmisrepresentations about me and about the systems in other countries.Number one, I have never advocated socialized medicine ... that hasbeen a right-wing attack on me for 15 years." She added that, "onbalance," nations with national health care systems -- such asAustralia, Canada and Japan -- provide higher-quality health care thanthe U.S. (Fletcher, Washington Post, 8/10).

In addition, Clinton asked the audience member whether he considered Medicare "socialized medicine" (Fletcher, Washington Post,8/10). He indicated that he did, to which she responded, "You are in asmall minority of America, because Medicare has literally saved thelives and saved the resources of countless generations of Americans."The audience member later identified himself as Kiara Ashanti, afreelance writer and Republican blogger (Healy, New York Times, 8/9).

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