Trump pounces on Bill Clin­ton’s health­care gaffe

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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