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September 24, 2013 - 6:50 am

Former President Clinton advocated against any delays on “ready” parts of Obamacare while acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act isn’t going to become popular anytime soon.

“It won’t get any more popular, because the Republicans don’t want the government to be able to help make health care both available and more affordable. It violates their ideology. So nothing is going to happen in this next year on the issues still to be resolved in terms of implementation that would change that,” Clinton told PBS.

“The only thing that will change public opinion is when it works. And we do know, from what we have seen so far, that the cost of insurance for modest-income people might be as much little as $100 a month. We do know, based on what we have seen so far, that, in the aggregate, the insurance premiums are coming in at 20 percent below their estimated cost, even by the Congressional Budget Office.”

Clinton added “for all of the attacks on health care, it is less unpopular than President Bush’s Medicare drug program was when it started.”

“And there were horrible problems with the implementation. The Democrats didn’t try to repeal it, even though most of them voted against it. Instead, they tried to make it work,” he continued.

“That’s what you do with a law. We tried to help. So the members of Congress should be doing what the Democrats who voted against the drug program did. They should be telling their citizens how it works and how to make the most of it. And that’s what the administration should do. And that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

Clinton’s presidential library in Arkansas will be helping people enroll. “That’s what everybody should do. It’s the law,” he added.

The ex-president said he was surprised at Hillary Clinton’s recent admission that she’s wrestling with the idea of running for president.

“We don’t need a four-year presidential campaign. It’s amazing how much longer they are now. She doesn’t have to declare now or in three months or six months,” he said. “I just want her to be happy. And I think she will make a better decision about this political issue if she’s — everything is going well in her life. That’s what I think. So, we’re not nearly as political as everybody thinks we are. We don’t sit around all the time talking about this.”

“We swim in the late afternoon every day. And if either one of us even mentions a political topic, we will stop the other one and just talk about the weather or whatever.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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He's half right. It won't get any more popular because its complete, implosive failure is the best-case scenario. Even its supporters hope it fails.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
VB: Did you read HR3590 and S1796?

"on a dark and stormy Christmas Eve, pure evil was now the law of the land."

Hope your QOL score is up there. Otherwise you will be dead by 65. Of course it is just a costs saving issue. Even Obama has said you can just take a pill and be happy. Of course you will still die, but look at all that Social Security money the government will save. Why by golly, that alone would feed a whole village in Kenya or Somalia.

You sir will then be a bad man for living. You personally starved those poor people to death.

Shame on you for questioning obamacare. You are evil and deserve to die.

See how that works?
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
“The only thing that will change public opinion is when it works. And we do know, from what we have seen so far, that the cost of insurance for modest-income people might be as much little as $100 a month. We do know, based on what we have seen so far, that, in the aggregate, the insurance premiums are coming in at 20 percent below their estimated cost, even by the Congressional Budget Office.”

How were health care costs for 'modest-income' driven down? By what metric do they define Modest Income. I love his misuse of statistical comparisons to justify the losses of this law.
47 weeks ago
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Did either of them read the bill before it was passed?
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