“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.” – President Bill Clinton
WILLIAM Jefferson Clinton is correct.
Millions of people and families benefited from “Obamacare,” which, after passed through partisan muscle, faced full-scale assault by Republicans bent on destroying the Democrats’ advantage on public policy, which has existed since Franklin Delano Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Without simultaneously addressing the cost of health care, including the pending premium bomb, the definition of progress inevitably became known for deficiencies, for promising and not delivering.
I was extremely vocal in my disgruntlement over the Affordable Care Act. Back then I wrote scathing reviews of President Obama, but was particularly tough on Nancy Pelosi, then speaker of the House. My consternation was a symptom of how many compromises were necessary to get “universal” health care.
Health care premiums are indefensible, and the next president needs to address it or she will only have four years in office. It’s the most unaddressed issue of health care.
Short version: Bill’s right, Hillary agrees and she needs to say so.
Postscript: There has been a lot of tall tale telling today by the talking heads. People suggesting on “Morning Joe” that President Bill Clinton dislikes President Barack Obama, so he attacked ACA begrudgingly. Some say the remark by WJC was personal. No one knows his motive. Bill Clinton caused the media to freak because he told the truth, nothing more. I’m a liberal and don’t want to scuttle Obamacare at this point, even though I wasn’t a supporter when it was passed. It sure beat the alternative but that’s not saying much. I know people who are exactly like those WJC described and they’re furious at their situation, which is exactly as he laid out: “twice the cost, half the coverage.” POTUS and the Democrats tried to solve the health care issue and they got only so far, because the deals they made to get half-universal coverage with no cost restraint (private insurance won’t allow it but Obama made the deal with them anyway), is killing the bill. What Bill Clinton said about ACA wasn’t personal, it was strictly political, because he knows the hit middle-class Americans are taking on health care will cost Democrats votes. It wasn’t about how he feels about President Obama but it sure opened the door for a wide range of criticism.
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