—Bill Clinton Was Right

Bill Clinton Was Right—23.47HJ.,B43.13.14

Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to talk about Obamacare, but her husband clearly feels no such reluctance. Bill Clinton—who has his finger on the pulse of public sentiment to a greater degree than either President Barack Obama or Hillary—spoke rather freely about Obama’s signature legislation early in October. Talking about “what to do now on health care,” Clinton said the following:

[T]he current system works fine, if you’re eligible for Medicaid—if you’re a lower-income working person—if you’re already on Medicare, or if you get enough subsidies, on a modest income, that you can afford your health care. But the people who are getting killed in this deal are the small-businesspeople, and individuals, who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies. Why? Because they’re not organized, they don’t have any bargaining power with insurance companies, and they’re getting whacked. 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.

was passed solely with Democratic votes—is a crazy system that spikes people’s premiums and cuts their coverage. The middle class are getting killedwhacked—and, all in all, it’s the craziest thing in the world. Who says Bill Clinton isn’t worth his extravagant speaking fees?

He could, of course, have gone further, pointing out that Obamacare is a classic 90/10 program: About 10 percent of people may have their lives made better by it, but about 90 percent find themselves worse off. And that’s without even considering the increased federal spending involved for Obamacare’s exchange outlays and its Medicaid expansion—about $100 billion a year and rising.

Millions of Americans get a welcome tax break for their job-based insurance, which isn’t taxed as income.

But what does Bill Clinton—and, more important, his wife—think we need “to do now on health care”? They want more government. Amazingly, the former president declared that, when it comes to health care, “the [private] insurance model doesn’t work.” Thus, we need to “let people buy in to Medicare or Medicaid.” He added, “So, Hillary believes, we should simply let people who are above the line for getting these [Obamacare] subsidies have access to affordable entry into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. They’ll all be covered.”

That’s a pretty clear call for “single-payer” health care—at a time when federal spending is already nearly $4 trillion a year, when we’re already nearly $20 trillion in debt.



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