At a campaign rally for Hillary in Flint, Michigan on Monday, former President Bill Clinton suddenly went off script, slamming the sitting Democratic president’s signature legislative success: the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Clinton said of Obamacare, “It’s the craziest thing in the world.” Then the 42nd president went on to eviscerate the universal health care plan that is failing in states all across America.
Said Clinton, “You’ve got this crazy system where all of the 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 is cut in half.”
However, Clinton’s transient moment of candor was punctuated by his “solution” to the mess Obamacare has created. According to Clinton, Obama’s health insurance mandates can only be resolved with more government. Make a Bernie Sanders-style appeal for socialized medicine, Clinton unofficially endorsed a new system that would enable Americans to buy into Medicare or Medicaid, otherwise known as single-payer health insurance.
The former president’ pitch comes just months after his own wife blasted her former Democratic rival for allegedly attempting to undermine all the hard work President Obama has done to forcefully pass the Affordable Care Act, on a strict partisan vote, garnering not a single vote of support from the Republican Party.
When Mr. Obama passed his historic legislation, he did so against the will of the American people. Studies show that those on Obamacare will see their rates go up in 2017 by as much as 70 percent, if they can get it at all. And more citizens are opting to pay the penalty for not having insurance rather than buying the insurance, because the cost is more than the penalty. It has gone pretty much as the insurance industry, medical field, and over 60 percent of the American people thought it would.
What’s amazing is not that Bill Clinton recognizes the disaster that Obamacare has become. What’s amazing is that he said it.