Obama Adds Hillcare to Health Plan

Nominee credits former opponent
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2008 12:42 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. appears with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has modified his health care platform with a policy straight from Hillary Clinton’s book—and he gave her credit, calling it "an idea championed by my friend Hillary Clinton, who's been leading the way in our battle to insure every American." The addition is a tax credit for small businesses that provide good employee health care, ABC reports; the credit would cover up to 50% of premiums paid.

Obama revealed the policy before a Hispanic audience (his third in as many weeks), noting how many small businesses there were in the community—and adding, “The Latino community holds this election in its hands.” The nominee-apparent said the policy would cost $6 billion, but wouldn’t say what exactly constitutes a small business.