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Bill Clinton: ‘I strongly supported’ ObamaCare

Greg Nash

One day after his criticism of ObamaCare made headlines, Bill Clinton on Wednesday said he strongly supported President Obama’s signature healthcare law while acknowledging that problems still remain.

{mosads}During a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, the former president sought to reverse his harsh critique of ObamaCare by touting that the law has provided 20 million Americans with health insurance. He also praised the law for helping individuals with pre-existing conditions to get coverage.

Nearing the end of his Wednesday speech, Clinton noted, “I haven’t talked about that, but I strongly supported that bill. And it’s given more than 20 million people insurance and it’s repealed the most insidious thing that affected millions of families: the pre-existing condition.”

Clinton slipped in that there are persisting issues with the law. “But there are problems with it,” he added. “There are problems with it and everybody knows it.”

He then slammed Republicans for wanting to repeal ObamaCare.

“The Republicans want to repeal the law. Their idea of solving a problem is to take 20 million people who got insurance and take it away from them give it all back to insurance companies.”

Clinton’s comments on Monday put Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her party in a difficult position and gave Republicans new ammunition as they continue to hammer ObamaCare and seek to repeal it.

During a speech in Flint, Mich., the former president called ObamaCare “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 in comments made on Monday that were widely reported on Tuesday. 

His spokesman later said that parts of his comments were “taken out of context” and explained that “it’s clear to everyone, including President Obama, that improvements are needed.”

At a press conference on Tuesday following a rally in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton sought to downplay her husband’s comments and reiterated her commitment to fix and strengthen ObamaCare. She also took aim at GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the law.

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

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

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