Bill Clinton Grills Obama For Misleading Healthcare Comments
Amidst what is already becoming President Obama’s lowest point in approval ratings, former President Bill Clinton spearheaded the disillusionment of many Democrats by chiding the implementation of the Affordable Health Act as well as Obama’s misleading statements regarding the option to keep prior insurance plans.
“[Americans] are the ones who heard the promise, ‘If you like what you’ve got, you can keep it,’” Clinton said in an interview with OZY on Monday. “I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”
Clinton referred to the healthcare policies that President Obama reassured Americans they could keep, a declaration that proved to be misleading and prompted an apology on his behalf. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me” the president said in an NBC interview.
House Speaker John Boehner applauded Clinton’s comments, adding that “the entire health care law is a train wreck that needs to go.”
Clinton, however, maintained that Americans are “better off with this law than without it,” but urged Obama to work on a solution.
Clinton’s words of sage advice mirror recent acts of bipartisan pressure from Congress to modify Obamacare law. On the Republican end, a bill introduced by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) would give insurance companies the option to offer old healthcare plans. The bill has gained momentum in the House, gathering 156 supporters, two of whom are Democrats.
Conversely, Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu proposed a lighter bill—already supported by Dianne Feinstein, Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan—that would allow individuals to keep their old plans but would mandate insurance companies to reinstate canceled policies.
“I believe the Landrieu bill is a commonsense fix that will protect individuals in the private insurance market from being forced to change their insurance plan,” Feinstein said.