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Hillary Slammed For Celebrating Defeat Of Trumpcare

| by David Bonner

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejoiced when House Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- more commonly known as Obamacare -- on March 24.

Clinton expressed herself in a series of tweets, reports The Hill:

Today was a victory for the 24,000,000 people at risk of losing their health insurance, for seniors, for families battling the quiet epidemic of addition, for new moms and women everywhere.

... Most of all, it’s a victory for anyone who believes affordable health care is a human right. We cannot forget: This victory happened because people in every corner of our country committed their time and energy to calling their representatives, showing up at town hall meetings, and making their voices heard.

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The fight isn’t over yet -- we have to push back on future bad ideas and embrace good ones to make health care more affordable -- but we are reminded today that there is no substitute for standing up and defending our values.

She concluded: "Let’s not be distracted. Let’s continue to stand up, organize, resist, put forth good ideas to improve the existing system and people's lives."

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro replied: "You definitely improved lives in Libya."

His statement refers to the Benghazi scandal which has dogged Clinton since she was secretary of state. The controversial event involved the 2012 attack in the Libyan city, in which four U.S. diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.

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Countless others on social media also took the opportunity to slam Clinton for her tweets, ranging from the obligatory references to Benghazi to simple name-calling.

As for the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare, House Republican leaders pulled the legislation due to opposition among their own party, reports The New York Times.

The bill would have repealed tax penalties for people who did not buy health insurance,  eliminated federal insurance standards, reduced subsidies for the purchase of insurance, and cut back spending for Medicaid, which covers more than 70 million low-income people.

Conservative Republicans reportedly thought the bill did not go far enough, because it left some of the features of Obamacare intact instead of eradicating it entirely. Moderates feared the Congressional Budget Office's prediction that it would leave 24 million more Americans without health insurance and that it would cause a sharp increase in cots for Americans of retirement age.

House Speaker Paul Ryan summed it up: "We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

Sources: The Hill, The New York Times / Photo credit: C-SPAN via Wikimedia Commons

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