Clinton Once Sent Sanders a Thank-You Note for His Work on Health Care

She didn’t always find it as problematic as she seems to now.

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With Bernie Sanders zooming up the polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton has taken to attacking him on several issues, most recently his proposals for health care reform. Speaking in Iowa on Monday, she called his single-payer plan a “risky deal” and said, “His plan would take Medicare and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act health-care insurance and private employer health insurance and he would take that all together and send health insurance to the states, turning over your and my health insurance to governors.” She told the crowd that it would be a mistake to “start over,” as she said Sanders was proposing.

Yesterday, Clinton’s daughter Chelsea took another sharp swing at Sanders and his Medicare-for-all plan. The younger Clinton alleged that Sanders’ proposal would leave millions without health insurance by wiping out Obamacare and Medicare.

But it turns out that Hillary Clinton didn’t always think Sanders had a poor grasp on health care reform. On Wednesday, Sanders posted an old photo signed by Clinton praising him for trying to increase access to health care.

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