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Hillary's claim that Bernie was absent on healthcare backfires, thanks to decades-old photo

Hillary Clinton

(NaturalNews) Not that it will really matter to most of her supporters, but something Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton just said about her only rival for her party's nomination, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is as comical as it is untrue.

Granted, both candidates are in a heated political battle, though at this point the nomination looks like Hillary's to lose, but still, to say something like this is just ridiculous.

As reported by Fox News Insider, at a recent campaign event in St. Louis, Clinton accused Sanders of not being behind her in her fight for Obamacare-style healthcare "reform" in the 1990s, when she was First Lady.

"We're going to pull together and stand up against those powerful forces," Clinton said. "And I always get a little chuckle when I hear my opponent talking about doing it. Well, I don't know where he was when I was trying to get health care in '93 and '94, standing up against the insurance companies, standing up against the drug companies."

The untruth was quickly revealed by the Sanders campaign, which noted that Sanders was not only part of that healthcare fight, but was literally standing right behind her.

Sanders spokesman Mike Casca tweeted out a photo from a 1993 news conference broadcast on C-SPAN2, in which Sanders was on the dais with Clinton as she spoke about her effort.

In fact, Clinton even thanked Sanders specifically for joining in her effort.

"I'm very grateful for the leadership that many people are giving to this great reform effort. And I'm grateful that Congressman Sanders will join us today from Vermont..." [Sanders was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006].

To heap on more embarrassment, MSNBC reporter Alex Seitz-Wald posted a photo of Clinton and Sanders with a note from Clinton to the then-congressman that thanked him specifically for his "commitment to real health care." That tweet can be seen here.

Again, none of this will probably matter to Clinton's hardcore supporters, but to call Sanders soft on healthcare reform – and, particularly, her kind of socialist, government-run health care reform – is just ludicrous. Sanders' position is the same now that it was back then; namely, that it should all be government-controlled, that private health insurance should be a thing of the past and that "the rich" be soaked to pay for everyone else's care.



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