March 22nd, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Clinton: Health care passage shows Obama's resolve

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated the passage of landmark health care reform Monday, in a rare moment for a woman who was once one of the leading voices on the issue.

"If you ever doubt the resolve of President Obama to stay with a job, look at what we got done for the United States last night when it came to passing quality affordable health care for everyone," Clinton said during a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

During her husband's presidential administration in the 1990s, Clinton tried and failed to bring about sweeping health care reform.

In her own presidential campaign from 2007 to 2008, then Senator Clinton made health care a signature issue. She vowed to fight for comprehensive health care coverage.

But as Secretary of State, she avoids weighing in on internal U.S. politics - and became notably absent on the issue.
Aside from the one remark on health care, Clinton's speech to AIPAC on Monday focused entirely on foreign policy.

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  1. ATL Guy

    A rising tide raises all ships. The Republicans will get crushed in November and in 2012. They may have seriously miscalculated on this one. My guess is they'll try the same tactics with financial reform and people will get turned off to them.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nick L.

    Health care was her life's work and she helped bring the issue to the forefront when there was no political will/priority for it whatsoever. It was unfortunate that she was ahead of the times then and we couldn't halt the problem before it spiraled to where we were today. Though, President Obama gets enormous credit for getting it done, those in the pro-reform crowd should take time to thank Secretary Clinton too for putting this issue on the map and through her 1994 attempt, gave us the experience that was vital in allowing us to produce the victory we see today.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Confused

    I work in the me ical field in pediatrics , I am wondring how can evry one that is against aborions and always hollering about right to lie, what is their thouhg on children that are born and parwents can not afford health insurance and they die because of lack of medical care explain this . Maybe they have never heard of a 2no or 8 year old diagnosed with brain cancer or kiver cancer who parents can not afford the inurance and have to wait to see if they can get some help from somewhere to have theri child treated . You can't br aginst abortions and say let the ones that wasn't abortd die for lack of care,

    March 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Al

    What I don't understand is that with all the Republican opposition on the health care reform, what options have they provided to the bill that will still HELP the America People?

    March 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charles Dallas Texas

    Al the answer is none. They continue with all this rhetoric now they're saying the wasn't given a chance and that the dems crammed it thru. Well if it would have been something they wanted to go thru they may done the same. I don't think the President crammed it thru and even if he did it was what was needed. I still haven't heard nothing more than it's gonna cost this and that, but I haven't really heard a real resolution from them. Yeah they say yes health care reform is needed but has done little to help with the situation other than criticizing the President on every point. I've never seen out political system in such dissaray, I think one of the Rep major issues is to sow discord between the American people, if they really cared about this issue then they would have went directly to the President and made legitmate offers and points to him than attacking him and every level they could.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Rollo

    Could we see a list of all the issues that both sides agree on. Then a list of all items that they don't agree on. How can the GOP not think anything about this bill is good for americans.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Factcheck

    They provided some things, and many were actually added to the bill.

    Basically they voted against a bill where they DID add some of their ideas in.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leon

    The bill contained 200 Republican amemdments. If the Republicans want my respect they would be apologizing to Bart Stupak for the "Baby Killer" comment.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tim Brown

    This is a wonderful day in America. I can't believe all the anger I saw on T.V. coming from the Republicans. This bill is geared to help the ordinary people of America. It seems the only concern the Republican's have is protecting the Insurance companies. I believe many of those politicians were getting "kick-backs" from these companies and instructed to fight against the passage of this bill. I being a African American and working as a healthcare professional see the adding of the bill a major victory.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |

    Let's see how all of you feel when your premiums go through the roof.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Drew Rpe

    I was born in Great Britan, lived in Canada, and have resided in the US for the past 31 years. I still hold my UK passport. As a result of this legislation, I will now become an Amercian Citizen this coming year. That said – I already have great health insurance through my work for myself and my family. Additionally, if the going ever got tough I could go to the UK for treatment. I choose now to become a citizen because this FINALLY gives me HOPE... hope that this country finally "gets it". Last night was a majority vote... no – not a supermajority vote but a majority nonetheless. Democrats did the right thing, against a toxic environment brought about by radicals in the Republican Party that are reminiscent of Hitler's rise to power in 1933 (not rhetoric – read your history!). This country finally made the bold step of doing the right thing for "the people" – and for the first time in years... I may finally be able to plant roots more than just my home and career, but where I choose to base my loyalty. Thanks to those who had the courage to see, and ultimately vote through this madness.

    March 23, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ted

    Don't be fooled by what has been reported in the press. The Insurance companies were all for this all along. How could they not be in favor of people being forced to throw money at them? They pretend to not have money, but the keep expanding and building new offices year after year. If Insurance was not profitable, they would not be in the insurance business.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nash Nari

    If democrats manage to pass 1) meaningful & comprehensive financial regulatory reform bill, 2) Climate Change bill (aka energy security bill), 3) strong immigration reform bill, and 4) education reform bill (which would include funding for charter school, teacher accountability, etc.) before November 2010, they would be in un-assailable position. This will be the Republican Waterloo. It seems like they might pass all of them except immigration reform. Still, it is a great performance from the democratic congress.

    March 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |