Clinton claims she helped with kid health care

Posted at 5:59 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 21:48:29-04

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke briefly between cheers of support at her rally at Carl T. Hayden High School in Phoenix Monday.

She touched on education, immigration reform and health care. On the latter point, Clinton claimed that she helped create health care for children back in the 1990s. She was first lady at the time. 

"But what I did then is turn around and work with Republicans and Democrats to create the Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers 8 million children," Clinton said. 

According to Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, passed in 1997, does support more than 8 million children. PolitiFact has fact-checked several versions of this claim over the years. In 2008, Clinton also claimed that she helped create the program. 

While late Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat, wielded the legislation through a Republican-controlled Congress, he credited Clinton with pushing the bill forward. 

The legislation also had a lead Republican co-sponsor - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch. 

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