Trump pounces on Bill Clinton’s healthcare gaffe
BILL Clinton created fresh problems for his presidential candidate wife when he criticised the way US health care works under Barack Obama’s reforms as “crazy”, prompting Republican Donald Trump to seize on the misstep.
The former president has a reputation for speaking in a more freewheeling style than Democrat Hillary Clinton does on the campaign trail, and his remarks in Flint, Michigan, created a hiccup for his wife at a critical phase in the White House race just five weeks from Election Day on November 8.
Mr Clinton had sought to explain the shortcomings of the complex US system of healthcare coverage under both public and private insurance.
Mr Obama’s reforms, pushed through Congress in 2010, have enabled millions of people to obtain subsidised health coverage, including millions of previously uninsured Americans.
But for some self-employed entrepreneurs, whose income is just above the cut-off for subsidies, the price of insurance obtained through “Obamacare” has increased due to unforeseen effects on insurance markets.
“Those getting killed in this deal are small-business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies,” Mr Clinton told a crowd in Flint.
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” he added. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
Mr Trump seized on this and told supporters in Prescott Valley, Arizona, “He just said it was a crazy system where people end up with premiums doubled and coverage cut in half. He’s right. I want to thank him for being honest. I bet he went through hell last night.”
Asked about the flap, Hillary Clinton said she was prepared to tweak Obamacare.
“It won’t be easy, but it’s a heck of a lot better than starting from scratch, which is unfortunately what the Republicans want us to do.”
Meanwhile, early voting is already under way in the presidential race with tens of thousands already casting their votes well ahead of the November election date.
With less than 35 days still to go, this early voting tradition is gaining popularity. Early ballots will be officially counted on Election Day: Tuesday, November 8. –