Hillary Clinton Defends Obamacare While Backing Changes

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Hillary Clinton defended Obamacare on Wednesday while voicing her support for changes to the health care law, CNN reported.

“I think we are on the right track in many respects but I would be the first to say if things aren’t working then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes,” Clinton said at a meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in Florida, as quoted by CNN.

The former secretary of state said that while provisions of the law like the rule allowing children under 26 to remain on their parents’ health insurance have been successful, other issues still need to be addressed. She pointed to problems with small businesses trying to provide health care coverage to more than 50 employees and businesses dropping employees from full-time to part-time work to avoid making health care contributions as areas that need work.

“Part of the challenge is to clear away all the smoke and try to figure out what is working and what isn’t,” she said, as quoted by CNN. “What do we need to do to try to fix this? Because it would be a great tragedy, in my opinion, to take away what has now been provided.”

“This is going to be challenging and I don’t think we should throw the baby out with the bath,” she added, saying “misinformation” has made it difficult to have a conversation about the health care law in Washington.

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that about 4 million people have signed up for health insurance plans under state and federal exchanges set up by the law.

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