Hillary Clinton has been doing everything possible to present herself as Barack Obama II, but her husband apparently didn’t get the message. At a campaign event in Flint, Michigan this week, former President Bill Clinton took aim at Obama’s signature healthcare legislation.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” Clinton said of Obamacare. “The insurance model doesn’t work here.”
Clinton said that while Obamacare was great for people with “modest” incomes, “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.”
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” said Clinton. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
Indeed. Welcome to reality, Mr. President! Glad you could stop by.
Unfortunately, while Clinton’s remarks give Hillary some minor bad press, don’t think for a second that he or his wife are moving to the right on the issue of healthcare. At one point in his speech, the former president said that “the change we need” to reform Obamacare was a “public option.” In other words, he wants to fix this federal disaster by putting the federal government in charge of creating an insurance company.
And when that (inevitably) fails, what’s next?
If you said “universal public healthcare,” you get a gold sticker.
You can see, judging by the White House’s response to Bill’s remarks, that Obama is just fine with what he said.
“Since the very first day the President signed this bill into law, he acknowledged an openness to working with Democrats or Republicans in Congress to further strengthen it,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. “And we have seen a sustained commitment on the part of Republicans to trying to tear down that law.”
The fatal flaws of Obamacare are now impossible to ignore, even if you happen to be the public face of the legislation. Democrats understand that another couple of years of rising premiums will finish the Affordable Care Act off for good, and they’re already trying to get Republicans to shoulder the blame.