During her speech accepting the Democratic Presidential nomination on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton spoke about some of the pressing healthcare issues she would face if elected in November.
Those include building on the Affordable Care Act, protecting Roe v. Wade, reforming gun laws, enacting paid family leave, and others.
“If fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in,” Clinton said. “If you believe that every man, woman and child in America has the right to affordable healthcare, then join us. If you believe we should expand Social Security and protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, then join us.”
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Clinton continued the attack that President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine and others began earlier in the week that Republican nominee Donald Trump lacks plans for improving healthcare beyond saying he will repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“I sweat the details of policy,” Clinton said.
Pointing to knowing the exact amount of lead in Flint, Michigan drinking water, or the number of mental health facilities in states such as Iowa, and the cost of prescription drugs, she said these things are not just mere details to real people.
“It’s not just a detail if it’s your kid, if it’s your family. It’s a big deal,” Clinton said. “And it should be a big deal to your president.”
So should gun laws, Clinton said. Former Vermont Gov. and presidential candidate Howard Dean also went on the offensive in his time on stage and criticized Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, for voting against CHIP and in favor of ending Medicare while accepting tobacco company contributions, being pro-gun rights. Dean called gun control a public health crisis.
“If we’re serious about keeping our country safe, we also can’t afford to have a President who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby,” Clinton said. “I’m not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. We should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm.”
Clinton also touched on her plans to create jobs, pay women the same as men, defeat ISIS, enact immigration and education reform as well as addressing violent crime.
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