Past “American Idol” runner-up and 2014 congressional candidate Clay Aiken praised former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday as the “forebearer and forerunner” of health care reform, citing her work on the issue as first lady. Mr. Aiken, who lost to GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina last year, was asked by a caller on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” to name an accomplishment from Mrs. Clinton. “I’m not Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager; I think we’ve seen a history … of her in the Senate with accomplishments she’s had not only as first lady and being the forebearer and forerunner of making sure health care reform passed,” he said. “I mean, this is something that she started back in the ‘90s, and we’ve seen the fruition of in the Obama campaign. She’s been a part of policy change for decades.” As first lady, Mrs. Clinton, who announced on Sunday she is running for president in 2016, famously led a push for universal health care that opponents derided as “Hillarycare” and that failed to gain traction in Congress.