Hillary Clinton railed against President Trump’s newly released budget proposal and GOP-led push to repeal and replace Obamacare on Tuesday night, saying the moves symbolize an “unimaginable level of cruelty.”
Addressing a New York audience during her keynote speaker at the Children’s Health Fund Annual Benefit, the Democratic presidential candidate addressed the state of resources for U.S. children — sounding off on what she describes as an “onslaught” against America’s most vulnerable populations.
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“We’ve made progress. I’m proud of that,” addressing But still, more than 31 million children live at or near poverty in our country,” Clinton said. “It’s not someone else’s problem. it’s not someone else’s children. Its America’s problem because these are America’s children.”
Clinton has a history of working with children’s rights advocacy and started her post-law school career with the Children’s Defense Fund.
The former secretary of state did not parse words in commenting on Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare — a health care law that, if repealed, would mean loss of coverage for some 24 million Americans — and the Trump administration’s recent budget proposal that includes cuts to social programs including food stamps and Medicaid.
“At a time when we are closer than ever to realizing the promise of universal health care, there are still too many children who are left out and left behind, and too many people who are in positions of power who want to set us back,” Clinton stated. “This administration is mounting an onslaught against the needs of children, people with disabilities, women and seniors.”
“Poverty is neither a crime, nor a character flaw,” Clinton continued. “Stigmatize those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.”
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