As Hillary likes to say, if you want to get things done, you have to know when to stand your ground, and when to find common ground. When she learned that some members of the National Guard and Reserve didn’t have health insurance, she reached across the aisle and worked for three years with Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, to change that. Now every member of the Guard and Reserve has access to the health coverage they need.
Today, Hillary will highlight her record of bipartisanship at as she starts a bus tour of New Hampshire at Carter Hill Orchard Country Store in Concord. She will be introduced by Steve Walter from Londonderry, and Jeff Volk, a former Bush supporter who now supports Hillary as a result of her quick action when he and his family were caught in the path of Hurricane Katrina. Steve Walter is a registered Republican who voted for President Bush in 2000, but he now supports Hillary. His son, Alex, has diabetes, and Steve believes stem cell therapy could help Alex, who has developed scar tissue under his stomach and triceps and is susceptible to blindness, nerve damage and stroke, all of which are side effects of diabetes. Steve is featured in a new radio ad for Senator Clinton that starts today – you can listen here.
After Concord, Hillary will them get on the bus and head out to Portsmouth, where she will stop by Popovers On The Square with NH Speaker of the House Terie Norelli. Later in the evening, she will hold an event at Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, where she will be joined by Ed Abounader from Rome, NY. When the Defense Department recommended that the base in Rome, N.Y., be shuttered, Senator Clinton successfully fought the proposed closure. Ed is the president of the local American Federation of Government Employees Union in Rome.
In a recent editorial endorsing Hillary, Foster’s Daily Democrat wrote, “The field has been impressive, but it was Hillary Clinton who really impressed us as someone who is ready to lead — someone who is ready to be a consensus builder, not just in working with Republicans as well as Democrats and the nonaligned, but someone who is ready to heal the wounds we have had to suffer.”
Working with colleagues of both parties, Hillary championed Michelle’s Law in the Senate to ensure that full-time college students, who receive health insurance as dependents under a parent’s health plan, may take up to twelve months medical leave from college with continued health insurance coverage. New Hampshire adopted a similar law at the state level, known as “Michelle’s Law,” in 2006 after Michelle Morse, a 20 year-old college student at Plymouth State University was forced to remain a full-time student despite being treated for advanced colon cancer." Hillary has also reached across the aisle to address the need for electronic medical records, and received the respect of her colleagues on working for quality-of-life issues for troops and veterans.
If you want to know what change Hillary will deliver as President, look at what she’s already done