Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare: 'It’s the craziest thing in the world'
By Sarah Ferris
Former President Bill Clinton steamrolled President Obama’s signature healthcare law as “the craziest thing in the world.”
At a rally on Monday in Flint, Mich., Clinton blasted the core principles of ObamaCare as unworkable as he pitched a new system that would allow people to buy into Medicare or Medicaid.
“You’ve got this crazy system where all the sudden 25 million more people have healthcare 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,” Clinton said.
“It’s the craziest thing in the world,” he said.
Clinton’s remarks while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, run in direct contrast to her previous promises to build on ObamaCare.
While acknowledging problems like rising drug costs, Hillary Clinton has largely embraced the healthcare law and criticized her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, for his repeated promise to repeal the law.
Bill Clinton, whose own attempts at broad healthcare reform failed during his presidency in the 1990s, suggested on Monday that he supported an entirely new approach.
He hinted at what has been a rough summer for ObamaCare, with double-digit premium hikes in many states and the high-profile departures of many insurers — a scenario that Republicans are grabbing hold of on the campaign trail.
“We gotta figure out what to do now on healthcare,” he said, adding that the current system only “works fine” if people are receiving the ObamaCare subsidies or are enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid.
“The people who are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little bit too much to get any of these subsidies,” he said, arguing that the law does not give any new bargaining power for people struggling to pay their healthcare costs.
Clinton’s disparagement of ObamaCare comes one day before a major speech by Obama, who plans to tout the effects of his law to a crowd in Florida on Wednesday.