Democratic Debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Face Off About Health Care

Democratic Debate Milwaukee - H 2016
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Democratic Debate Milwaukee - H 2016

Sanders: "Secretary Clinton, you're not in the White House yet."

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off, once again, in the sixth Democratic debate on Thursday, getting down to specifics about plans they have each proposed for their potential presidencies. 

PBS NewsHour co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff moderated the debate, starting with Sanders' plan for the role of federal government. Sanders focused on the middle class and the need for more focus on infrastructure, but Clinton fired back about his plans for health care. 

Clinton cited Sanders telling someone at last week's CNN Town Hall that "she would spend about $500 in taxes to get about $5,000 in health care," but economists tell Clinton those numbers do not add up. 

"That is a promise that cannot be kept," Clinton said, stressing that both candidates need to be held accountable for their proposals this close to the election. 

Sanders accused Clinton of spreading the idea that Sanders wants to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which he said is untrue. "I have fought my entire life to make sure that health care is a right for all people," Sanders said. "We're not going to dismantle anything." 

"I don't know what economists Secretary Clinton is talking to," he said, defending his health care plan for the middle class, calling it "a right for the American people, not a privilege." 

Clinton fired back that she has always been behind a better health care plan. In fact, "Before it was called Obamacare, it was called HillaryCare," said Clinton, adding that she has plans for how to get drug costs down with her plan "without putting the government further into debt."

Sanders responded that she might be getting ahead of herself with her plans: "Secretary Clinton, you're not in the White House yet."

PBS hosted the latest Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The debate was broadcast live on PBS and CNN.