Bill Clinton Tries to Clear Up Calling Obamacare “The Craziest Thing”

Bill Clinton Tries to Clear Up Calling Obamacare “The Craziest Thing”
October 05 14:41 2016 Print This Article

President Obama has been campaigning hard for Hillary Clinton, so many Democrats were aghast when Bill Clinton slammed Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Here’s what Mr. Clinton said, according to CNN:

Speaking Monday at a Democratic rally in Flint, Michigan, the former president ripped into the Affordable Care Act for flooding the health care insurance market and causing premiums to rise for middle-class Americans who do not qualify for subsidies. “So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton said… “On the other hand, the current system works fine if you’re eligible for Medicaid, if you’re a lower-income working person; if you’re already on Medicare, or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your health care,” Clinton said. “But the people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies.”

This comment is particularly incendiary when one considers that the cost savings baked into Obamacare were largely based on the expansion of Medicaid, which was blocked by Republican governors.

 

Bill Clinton tried to walk back his comments on Tuesday, offering praise for Obamacare during a speech:

“Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, and the 50-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have staged were a terrible mistake,” Clinton said at a rally in Athens, Ohio. “We, for the first time in our history, at least are providing insurance to more than 90% of our people.”

“But there is a group of people — mostly small business owners and employees — who make just a little too much money to qualify for Medicaid expansion or for the tax incentives who can’t get affordable health insurance premiums in a lot of places. And the reason is they’re not in big pools,” Clinton said. “So they have no bargaining power.”

This slight against Obama comes only a week or so after the former president kept the current commander-in-chief waiting on the tarmac. 

Bill Clinton doesn’t need to measure the White House drapes. He’s been there before and seems pretty secure in the fact that he’ll be there again.

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Sayla Dee
Sayla Dee

If we had a follow their lies campaign....it'd become clear to more people.....You do not exist to them, not your thoughts, cares, goals, aspirations or desires......YOU LET THEM EXIST IN YOUR WORLD, NOT YOU IN THEIRS....Just Sayin....

Sayla Dee
Sayla Dee

Truly Bill, Hilary, Obama, Bush all go to the same YACHT party....it's all marketing to the masses who fall for the GAME....just saying people....ALLL OF IT IS MARKETING....We're the ones who give their lies meaning and truth...CAN'T YOU TELL....THEY LIE ALL THE TIME....GET PAID.....LIE AND MARKET TO US SOME MORE....GET PAID....RIP US OFF.......MARKET SOME MORE....SELL US A SONG DURING VOTING YEAR....GET PAID SOME MORE ....THEN SAY ADIOS SUCKERSSSSS......DON'T WE GET IT!

Sayla Dee
Sayla Dee

Chelse earns a million dollars from the Clinton Foundation; I don't listen to xxx anymore! Again Chelsee (whatever the spelling is) earns a million dollar income from the Clinton's Foundation.....All I'm saying'; I mean asking i....WHERE DID THAT MONEY COME FROM.....Oh IF ANYONE READS THIS.....I also wanted to know if the CLINTON'S HAVE ANY DOS on their staff; I'm just asking.....since we liked Bill so much; and had a huge fabricated illusion that he liked US.....wow....

Johnw11
Johnw11

Actually, so-called 'Obama Care' -- like everything else this president has done -- is a giveaway to the wealthy: insurance companies in this instance. But to hear Bill Clinton make these statements, while he and Hillary pander and publicly suck-up to President Obama for the purpose of manipulating uninformed Black voters is disgusting.

That being said, Obama Care is the worst thing to happen to poor and working class people in this country. It is a total rip-off with high premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. The quality and options of care have declined significantly. The idea of 'subsidies' is laughable, since these go to the insurance companies and not consumers.  Even medical programs such as 'Medicaid' for the poor and 'Medicare' for the elderly, both resulting from the Great Society programs of the 1960s -- given impetus by the Civil Rights Movement -- have been given to Wall Street (insurance companies). These programs were never intended to be privatized. Their privatization was brought about by both Dem and GOP. But Obama Care has completely given them to Wall Street's FIRE (finance, insurance, and real-estate) industries.

All the talk about Medicaid expansion being good for the poor is also bogus. This is particularly true since Medicaid's privatization (giving it to insurance companies to administer) has not only decreased quantity and quality of care for the poor -- in addition to adding co-pays -- but prevents people who may own small assets like a house, car, etc., at risk of losing such assets upon their expiration as opposed to passing them on to heirs should they have received Medicaid funded treatment during their lifetime.

Bill Clinton should know of this lost of assets threat to the poor very well, since he signed into law the Medicaid Recovery Act (that might not be the exact name of the law) circa 1992-93. And if elected, Hillary will not change one aspect of Obama Care. Not because she said so -- since one is a fool to trust anything she says --- but because she, like President Obama and all other right-wing Third Way Dems and GOP -- serves the Rich and Obama Care enriches the rich.

What is needed is 'single payer' which would provide health care to everyone at very low or no cost.


That's why I'm voting Green Party. And no amount of fear mongering from Hillary's lying sycophants and crazed, childlike,  zealots (afraid of the boogeyman) will change my mind.

Johnw11
Johnw11

Error: 3rd paragraph, line 3, first word "prevents" should be "puts." That is,  Clinton's 1992-93 laws "puts" poor people at risk of losing their paltry assets upon expiration in order to REPAY Medicaid for medical bills incurred while alive.

My apology.

Russell Sprinkle
Russell Sprinkle

Oh no!!! I peeped you out since you pushed mass incarceration and the 3 strike rule to put money in the privatize prisons lobbyists pockets and yours!!! Resulting in thousands and maybe millions of innocent black men locked up for uneven offenses to the law. Your wife will not get my group's vote.

Sherri L. Hargrove-Johns
Sherri L. Hargrove-Johns

See how Congress is blaming the President for their overturning the veto of the bill allowing US citizens to sue the Saudis for 9/11? All because they don't read and pay attention to details. You can't blame the President for not doing your job. Now they don't want to take responsibility for their own screw ups.

King Heater
King Heater

They can't sue the Saudis because the bush admin are the ones who implemented the 9/ 11 attack

Sherri L. Hargrove-Johns
Sherri L. Hargrove-Johns

The issue for the do nothing GOP is that they have opened up this country to be sued for all the colonial acts that we've committed, the murders and rapes we've committed during these wars, the collateral damage, the many wars for oil disguised as patriotic acts.

Shabazz Tribe
Shabazz Tribe

The Health care insurance companies wrote the Bill and rubber stamped it in you Liberal drone heads.

Tina M. Hamiel
Tina M. Hamiel

He's right... but the craziest thing is that it passed with only Democratic votes. You did it to yourselves and now want to blame everyone but yourselves.

Jemila Early
Jemila Early

The crazy part is the restriction that Congress placed on the bill. Let's not forget that Congress had a right to vote but stagnated . The Obamacare that we have now is a result of their stubborn behavior.

Adam Abramowitz
Adam Abramowitz

Actually, it was Obama's choice to head the committee, who killed single payer. Obama also got rid of limits that could be charged for medications...

hgosborne
hgosborne

Glad someone saw this for what it is. The Clintons have not and do not respect the POTUS. He was useful to entice black voters and his purpose has been served. Why anyone believes HRC has any incentive to preserve the very legislation that will arguably define much of his legacy is beyond me...after all, she has her own to build. Too many dismiss the reality that this is a man married to the woman who insinuated she could be the Democratic nominee by default should there be an attempt made on her rival's life in 2008. There's cynical politics...then there's Clintonian politics.

Ella Lingard
Ella Lingard

Bill Clinton is a jealous a*ss hole. He doesn't like President Obama. Because he knows that President Obama is a better President than he was. He is a cry baby. On another note! We all should vote for Hillary Clinton.

Don Mack
Don Mack

Bs that's one reason not to vote for her right there and ohhh yeah look what she did in 08

Adam Abramowitz
Adam Abramowitz

Obama is nothing more than George W. Bushes third and fourth terms. Obama, honestly, is a really bad president. Unless you like endless wars, protecting Wall St's criminal behavior, bailing out industries that don't deserve it, jailing whistleblowers, gutting the 1st, 4th, and 5th amendments, environmental destruction, torture, and on and on, and on. Obama is a vile politician.