Bill Clin­ton calls Obam­a­ca­re ‘the cra­ziest thing in the world’

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

USA Bill Clin­ton cri­ti­ci­zed Pre­si­dent Barack Oba­ma’s sig­na­tu­re po­li­cy re­form Mon­day whi­le on the stump for his wi­fe, De­mo­cra­tic pre­si­den­ti­al no­mi­nee Hil­la­ry Clin­ton, calling Obam­a­ca­re “the cra­ziest thing in the world.” But he at­temp­ted to tem­per his cri­ti­cism at a Tues­day ral­ly. Spea­king at a De­mo­cra­tic ral­ly in Flint, Mi­chi­gan, the for­mer pre­si­dent rip­ped in­to the Af­for­da­ble Ca­re Act (ACA) for flooding the he­alth ca­re in­su­ran­ce mar­ket and cau­sing pre­mi­ums to ri­se for midd­le-class Ame­ri­cans who do not qua­li­fy for sub­si­dies. “So you’ve got this

- cra­zy sy­s­tem whe­re all of a sud­den 25 mil­li­on mo­re pe­o­p­le ha­ve he­alth ca­re 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. It’s the cra­ziest thing in the world,” Clin­ton said.

On Tues­day, he tried to clean up his cri­ti­cism. “Look, the Af­for­da­ble He­alth Ca­re Act did a world of good, and the 50-so­me­thing ef­forts to re­peal it that the Re­pu­bli­cans ha­ve sta­ged we­re a ter­ri­ble mista­ke,” Clin­ton said at a ral­ly in Athens, Ohio. “We, for the first ti­me in our his­to­ry, at least are pro­vi­ding in­su­ran­ce to mo­re than 90% of our pe­o­p­le.”

“But the­re is a group of pe­o­p­le -- most­ly small bu­si­ness ow­ners and em­ploy­ees -- who ma­ke just a litt­le too much mo­ney to qua­li­fy for Me­di­caid ex­pan­si­on or for the tax in­cen­ti­ves who can’t get af­for­da­ble he­alth in­su­ran­ce pre­mi­ums in a lot of pla­ces. And the rea­son is they’re not in big pools,” Clin­ton said. “So they ha­ve no bar­gai­ning po­wer.”


Bill Clin­ton du­ring his speech whe­re he cri­ti­ci­zed Pre­si­dent Barack Oba­ma’s sig­na­tu­re po­li­cy re­form at a De­mo­cra­tic ral­ly in Flint, Mi­chi­gan.(Photo: www.wes­tern­mas­

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