Hillary Clinton downplays Bill's ObamaCare remarks
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Taking questions from reporters following her Pennsylvania rally, the Democratic presidential nominee vowed to strengthen the healthcare law and said she doesn’t believe the former president’s comments will undercut that effort.

“With respect to the Affordable Care Act, I’ve been saying we got to fix what’s broken and keep what works,” Clinton said on Tuesday. “And that’s exactly what we're going to do.”

Clinton acknowledged the challenges to combatting soaring premiums and prescription drug costs, but argued that it’s better to fix the problems than start from scratch. She also knocked Trump’s proposal to allow insurance companies to sell across state lines.

“We’re going to tackle it and we’re going to fix it,” Clinton said. “It’s a heck of a lot better than starting from scratch.”

"it is challenging to try to make sure that this important step toward providing insurance for every American is fixed and not repealed, which is the Republican position," Clinton said.

"So it’s a little challenging when you have someone like Donald Trump who is talking about doing away with the Affordable Care Act, turning our health insurance system back over to insurance companies."

When asked by another reporter to clarify her husband’s comments, Clinton briefly responded, “I think he made it clear what he was saying.”

During a speech in Flint, Mich., on Monday, the former president blasted President Obama’s signature healthcare law, calling it “the craziest thing in the world” and suggested a new system where Americans could buy into Medicare and Medicaid.

“You’ve got this crazy system where all the sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” Clinton said.

The former president’s spokesman Angel Urena later said parts of his comments were “taken out of context.”

Clinton’s comments complicate his wife’s campaign, which has repeatedly said she’ll build on ObamaCare. Trump has called for the repeal of the healthcare law and quickly seized on Bill’s comments.