Hillary Clinton has a new attack dog. Chelsea. Recently Chelsea Clinton proceeded to attack Bernie Sanders on health care, claiming that Sanders would “dismantle” Obamacare, Medicare and private insurance, which would “strip millions” of health insurance. The only problem is, it’s not true. Bernie Sanders is proposing to replace Obamacare, Medicare, etc. with “single payer.” But as Mark Finkelstein of NewsBusters reports, “As much as conservatives would oppose that, there is of course no way Sanders would permit Obamacare and the other programs to expire unless he was sure that he could implement single payer. So Chelsea’s claim was a smear of a scare tactic that (John) Heilemann was right to call a ‘lie’.”
“Alternately, maybe Chelsea inherited the shameless lying gene from both sides,” suggests NRO’s Jim Geraghty.
And from Mark Halperin:
I’ve covered the Clintons since 1991. It takes a lot to surprise me. I am stunned watching Chelsea Clinton go on the attack. Stunned. Never seen anything like it. And the attack, which her mother is making as well, they’re trying to attack Bernie Sanders from the left on health care, when he supports single-payer. I mean, I’m stunned, I’m stunned by the whole thing. I will say, you and I spent a couple days in Iowa. We saw Bernie Sanders. We saw the event last night. There is no doubt Bernie Sanders has built something real. There’s no doubt that she has too, but the stakes for her now are immense. I think that she’s building up Iowa and New Hampshire. I guess she feels they feel they have no choice. So I think attacking him and going after him is smart, but the way they’re doing it, I don’t think is smart.
Read more from Mark Finkelstein here.