Bill Clinton hits media on ObamaCare coverage

Bill Clinton hits media on ObamaCare coverage
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Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBill Clinton hits Trump administration policy separating immigrant families in Father's Day tweet Trump's strategy for North Korea and beyond James Comey's higher disloyalty to America MORE on Wednesday criticized the press for its coverage of ObamaCare.

Speaking during a lecture at Georgetown University, Clinton accused media outlets of ignoring facts in favor of their own narrative.

"One of the problems is if the policymaker is a political leader and is covered primarily by the political press, there is a craving that borders on addictive to have a storyline," he said. "And once people settle on the storyline, there is a craving that borders on blindness to shoehorn every development, everything that happens, into the storyline even if that is not the story."

Clinton said the strongest evidence of that came in the debate about the Affordable Care Act.

"I have felt that most intentionally in the development, the passage and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act," he said. "But I also feel it in many other areas as well."

Defending President Obama's healthcare law, Clinton said policymaking, for a variety of reasons, tends to be "dimly understood, often distrusted and disconnected from the consequences of the policies being implemented." 

"We are getting closer to our competitors because we are delivering care in a more efficient way," he said about healthcare reform in the U.S. "And we are wasting less money. That is policy. It is all that boring policy that you can't claw your way through the storyline to save your life half of the time." 

Clinton's nearly two-hour lecture focused on his time as president and a defense of Democratic economic policies. He also touched on welfare reform and his administration's effort to broker a comprehensive peace deal in the Middle East, which he said has gained a new urgency today.

Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, joined the audience to watch her husband's speech. 

"She hasn't had to sit through one of these in ages," the former president joked. 

Hillary Clinton also knocked the press last week, saying it had become more interested in entertainment than facts.