Second Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton Talks Healthcare and Taxes

Date: October 11, 2016

In addition to some contentious exchanges with Donald Trump, Clinton touched on major issues for small business owners.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wasted no time exchanging barbs during the spirited second presidential debate Oct. 9.


But when the attacks died down, Clinton held a firm stance on the healthcare and tax positions she’s maintained throughout the election. Here are those main talking points (a full transcript of the second debate can be viewed here): 


Clinton said she wants “very much to save what works and is good about the Affordable Care Act,” but admits, “we’ve got to get costs down.” 

“We’ve got to provide additional help to small businesses so that they can afford to provide health insurance. But if we repeal it, as Donald has proposed, and start over again, all of those benefits I just mentioned are lost to everybody, not just people who get their health insurance on the exchange. And then we would have to start all over again.”


Clinton remained strong on her platform of taxing the rich, saying, “I want to have a tax on people who are making a million dollars … I want to have a surcharge on incomes above $5 million.” 

“I have said nobody who makes less than $250,000 a year—and that’s the vast majority of Americans as you know—will have their taxes raised, because I think we’ve got to go where the money is. And the money is with people who have taken advantage of every single break in the tax code.”

*Note: This news coverage does not equate to an endorsement of any candidate by NFIB. 

Photo credit: Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America


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