New York Times reporter Amy Chozick recently quoted Hillary Clinton in a tweet saying, “I don’t know where he was when I was trying to get health care in 93 and 94.” The tweet was, of course, directed towards the presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Secretary Clinton has been losing her grasp on the democratic nomination and as such, attacking Bernie seemed like a swell idea. There was one small detail which Hillary missed however…
Bernie Sanders was not only at the event when Secretary Clinton pushed for healthcare reform in 1993 at Dartmouth College, but he was infact standing behind her when she was making the address. Furthermore, Sanders even proposed his own single-payer healthcare plan in March later that year.
Not only that; the then-first lady Clinton personally hand-wrote a letter to Sanders thanking him for the support for his work on what would come to be known as Hillarycare. “To Bernie Sanders with thanks for your commitment to real health care access to all Americans and best wishes,” Clinton wrote on a picture of the two sitting down and conversing. The picture is also signed with “Hillary Rodham Clinton” and is dated 1993.
Secretary Clinton’s communications director, in response to the remarks, then tried to turn it around by arguing that "Hillary Clinton was out in front. Senator Sanders was in the background. She is the one that took the slings and arrows from the healthcare industry," but the damage had already been done; Hillary had already been Berned.