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Issue Position: Providing Affordable and Accessible Health Care

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America is ready for universal health care. Hillary has the vision and the experience to make it a reality.

This is a battle Hillary has fought before -- and she has the scars to prove it. She knows better than anyone how to fight and build the political support to get the job done.

Nearly 45 million Americans -- including 9 million children -- don't have health insurance. And it's not just the uninsured who are at risk, but those who are underinsured: those who have insurance, but when they need a certain medication, treatment, or surgery, their insurance company refuses to pay for it.

Hillary is also focused on the skyrocketing costs of health care -- over the last six years, health care premiums have almost doubled.

Hillary has the experience to take on the insurance companies, work with members of Congress from both parties, and ensure that all Americans have the health care they need.

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As First Lady, Hillary introduced a plan to provide full coverage for all Americans, which was defeated after aggressive opposition.

She continued the fight by helping to create the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the single largest expansion of children's health care in American history. SCHIP provides coverage for more than six million low-income children.

She also helped create the Vaccines for Children program, which increased childhood immunization rates to an all-time high, with 90 percent or more of America's toddlers receiving the most critical vaccines by age two.

In the Senate, Hillary has continued her work to expand access to health insurance to all Americans. She fought to protect SCHIP against drastic cuts proposed by the Bush administration and championed efforts to end discrimination by insurance companies against people with mental health and substance abuse problems.

Hillary led the fight for the Early Treatment for HIV Act, which expands access to vital treatment options for low-income individuals living with HIV. She also fought to fully fund the Ryan White CARE Act to improve access to treatment and support for those living with HIV and AIDS. She passed legislation to provide extra funding for the flu vaccine and proposed legislation to combat diabetes, autism, and asthma.

She's also fighting to lower costs by modernizing our nation's health care infrastructure, which will also reduce errors and improve patient care.

And Hillary wrote the legislation that guarantees new prescription drugs are tested for children as well as adults, a crusade that started as a regulation in the Clinton administration.

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