Former President Bill Clinton received heavy backlash for remarks he made at an event giving a harsh criticism of Obamacare.
“You’ve got this crazy system, where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare, [but] the people that are out there busting it–sometimes 60 hours a week–wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” Clinton said at a rally in Athens, Ohio on Tuesday.
“It’s the craziest thing in the world,” he said.
Bill’s remarks are far from his wife’s who has stated she looks to “defend and expand” Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.
“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,” said former president Bill Clinton. “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, so they have no bargaining power.”
Obamacare is a key tenant of President Obama’s legacy that has been widely debated. Many in the press claim Bill Clinton ‘stepped in mud’ when he labeled Obamacare as a “crazy system”.
When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked whether former president Bill Clinton went too far in his criticism against the ACA, Earnest responded he’s “not sure what argument (Clinton) was making.”
And when asked if he wished Clinton hadn’t used “crazy” or “craziest” to describe Obamacare, Earnest said, “Of course.”
(H/T: Fox News)