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Flashback: Hillary Promised 'If you have a plan you like, you keep it'

Bill Clinton surprised observers this week when he said during an interview "I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law the president should honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got."

As our own Joel Pollak has pointed out, this statement has the effect of distancing Clinton from the unfolding disaster that is the roll out of But there is a more specific reason why Bill might be defending this promise: Hillary made it too.

Back in 2007-2008, Hillary was promoting her own version of health reform which was nearly identical to the plan Obama adopted (her plan included a mandate, something Obama criticized at the time). Sounding a lot like President Obama, the Hillary for President website promised "If you have a plan you like, you keep it."

Hillary also released a campaign ad in September 2007 which stated "she has a health care plan which lets you keep your coverage if you like it."

Hillary certainly doesn't want to be dragged down by Obama's broken promise, but she also can't escape the fact that she was making the same promise. For both reasons it makes sense for her (and Bill) to signal that they would have done things differently than the sitting President.


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