Former Vice President Cheney on Tuesday said he agrees with former President Clinton’s comments that the Obama administration should consider changing the healthcare reform law in order to keep its commitment that people who like their health insurance plans could keep them. [WATCH VIDEO]
“I’m inclined to agree with Bill Clinton that that’s something that ought to be attempted. But given the complexity of the system, you’ve already got people now who have lost their policies, who can’t get new ones,” Cheney said on Fox News.
“These policies have been declared by law to be inadequate because of the standards that are written into the federal regulations. I’m not quite sure how now you go peel back that onion.”
The White House on Tuesday said President Obama agrees with Clinton as well.
Obama had said he wanted to let people keep their insurance during an interview last week with NBC in which he apologized for the millions of people on the individual market who have seen their policies canceled despite his repeated promises that they could be kept.
Clinton in an interview on Tuesday said the administration should consider changing the law to keep Obama’s promise.
“I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they’ve got,” Clinton said in an interview at OZY.com.
Democratic Strategist James Carville told Fox News that Clinton’s words shouldn’t be overstated.
“Let’s be honest — we are talking about a very small part of the law; we’re not talking about the whole law,” Carville said.
The White House made the same argument Tuesday. Carville, a former adviser to Clinton and a columnist for The Hill, said Clinton completely supports the law.
“He completely supports the law that it is. Any law that you make that is this magnitude you are going to have to change parts of it, so we shouldn’t overstate what the president said.”