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Bill Clinton Contradicts Hillary, Calls Obamacare ‘Crazy System’
“It doesn’t many any sense.”
by Jack Davis October 3, 2016 at 5:02pm
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Former President Bill Clinton, whose efforts to create a government health care system under the leadership of then first lady Hillary Clinton went down in flames, on Monday used words very different from those of his wife in discussing Obamacare.
“I am a staunch supporter of President Obama’s principal accomplishment, namely the Affordable Care Act,” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in a debate in Milwaukee on Feb. 11, although she has suggested the law needs some tweaks to make it better.
Her husband, however, speaking Monday at an event in Flint, Mich., sounded more like he was calling for a full-scale overhaul.
“The people who are getting killed in this deal are the small businesspeople and individuals who make just a little too much to get in on these subsidies,” Bill Clinton said.
“So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care, and they … wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” he said.
“It doesn’t many any sense. The insurance model doesn’t work here,” Clinton said in discussing the government-run marketplaces created through Obamacare.
“So here’s the simplest thing: Figure out an affordable rate and let people use that. Something that won’t undermine your quality of life, won’t interfere with your ability to make expenses and save money, and let people buy into Medicare or Medicaid,” he said.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has also called for an overhaul of Obamacare.
“It is going to be amazingly destructive. Doctors are quitting. I have a friend who’s a doctor, and he said to me, ‘Donald, I never saw anything like it. I have more accountants than I have nurses.’ We have to repeal Obamacare, and it can be replaced with something much better for everybody. Let it be for everybody. But much better and much less expensive for people and for the government. And we can do it,” Trump has said.
The difference between Hillary Clinton and Trump over Obamacare has been cited as one of the critical issues in the 2016 election.
“More than six years after becoming law, the proudest accomplishment of the Obama years is a political burden for Democrats,” wrote Michael Gerson in The Washington Post.
“A recent Gallup poll found that a majority of Americans disapprove of Obamacare. The larger concern for Clinton and her party comes deeper in the numbers. Only 18 percent of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act has helped their families; 80 percent say it has hurt or had no effect,” Gerson wrote.
He then put that into context.
“A higher proportion of Americans believe the federal government was behind the 9/11 attacks than believe it has helped them through Obamacare,” he added.
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