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Clinton Critiques Sanders On Health Care As Lead Narrows

Hillary Clinton is sharpening her tone against her Democratic primary opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The front-runner, at a forum aimed at young voters, attacked Sanders' health care platform as "risky," saying he would "rip up" the health law thus making it vulnerable to Republican governors. In other 2016 election news, The Washington Post's Fact Checker is challenging Marco Rubio's recurring claim that he wounded the Affordable Care Act.

The New York Times: Hillary Clinton Confronts Bernie Sanders As Polls Show Her Lead In Iowa Narrowing
Facing new pressure from Senator Bernie Sanders in Iowa, Hillary Clinton confronted him in direct terms on Monday, warning Iowans that if elected president, he would put their health insurance in the hands of Republican governors and raise taxes on the middle class. ... On health care, Mrs. Clinton said that she wanted to build upon the Affordable Care Act, while Mr. Sanders wanted to scrap it in favor of a universal health plan that would empower the states — and potentially Republican governors, who she has said cannot be trusted. (Rappeport, 1/11)

The Washington Post: Clinton Confronts Rival Sanders As Iowa Polls Tighten
Hillary Clinton has spent much of her 2016 presidential campaign looking past Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, focusing instead on Republicans and the November general election. No longer. ... On Monday, she widened her health care critique to include Sanders, saying he would “rip up” the law and put power in the hands of states. Sanders said during a town hall meeting in Perry that large numbers of underinsured and sky-high deductibles demand a better health care system, which he would seek through his single-payer, Medicare-for-all system. Said Clinton: “I sure don’t want to turn over health care to Republican governors, for heaven’s sake. I think it’s a risky deal.” (Lerer and Thomas, 1/11)

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