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Bill Clinton's Obamacare Treatment


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: obamacare, healthcare, usa, politics, americans, obama, news )

Cal
- 388 days ago - politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
As the clock ticks down to key elements of President Barack Obama's health care law taking effect, former President Bill Clinton will provide a defense of the controversial measure in a speech next week at his presidential library in Arkansas.



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Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:03 pm
Former President Clinton is good at "explaining stuff". But, the information is out there, for those who care to find out the truth about the Affordable Care Act, and not just listen to / believe in, the right wing nut rhetoric.
Noted & shared.
 

Sue Matheson (71)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 6:36 pm
thanks
 

John S. (304)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:29 am
I thought he tried this before?
 

John Gregoire (255)
Friday August 30, 2013, 5:02 am
Talk about BS! Obama and former Presidents are exempted from Obamacare. It's disingenuous of any of them to be touting an act that they dislike so much as to exempt themselves from it.
 

Robert K. (31)
Friday August 30, 2013, 5:23 am
One good way to understand it is to listen to what Republicans say about it and believe the exact opposite. Everyone who is against the ACA is an idiot including ol' John G, unless the reason they're against it is that it doesn't go far enough.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday August 30, 2013, 6:40 am
Glad Somebody is telling the truth...you're so right, Robert...listen to the GOP and then believe exactly the opposite...
 

Jason R. (60)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:52 am
Righty doesn't want to talk about the success of Romney care. Anything to not look like the hateful idiots that they are.
Do us a favor. Stop trying to act like you're having a conversation.
 

Jason R. (60)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:56 pm
Bill can be great or pal with the bushes and keep 85% of the foundation booty. Thanks, I guess.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:00 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Dianna M. (13)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:16 pm
There are a couple of reasons why "Obama and former Presidents are exempted from Obamacare." First, it's because former Presidents and their spouses, widows, and minor children are entitled to treatment in military hospitals: They donít need Obamacare.

Former presidents and their dependants also have the option of enrolling in private health insurance plans at their own expense. Which brings us to the second reason: They don't need "Obamacare." They can afford their own. Itís the rest of us that need affordable care.

And a few states are now reporting that, because of the competition from the Affordable Care Act, healthcare costs are going down.

And a few states are now reporting that, because of the competition from the Affordable Care Act, healthcare costs are going down.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/08/20/2498601/colorado-and-montana-affordable-obamacare-premiums/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/health/health-plan-cost-for-new-yorkers-set-to-fall-50.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-26/business/40859040_1_health-care-law-small-businesses-health-insurance

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/05/24/unexpected-health-insurance-rate-shock-california-obamacare-insurance-exchange-announces-premium-rates/
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:52 pm
done
 

Diane L. (110)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:50 pm
Yup, I agree. John G., they're "exempt" because they have their own private insurance, as do all politicians. Have you actually read a thing about what "Obamacare" is all about? If so, you wouldn't have made such an uninformed comment.

Jason R., what are you talking about? Bill isn't "pals with the Bushes", and what "foundation" might you be referring to? Can you try to be on topic, please?
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday August 30, 2013, 11:40 pm
I don't know why anyone would be surprised that Bill Clinton is supporting the Affordable Care Act! He and Hillary campaigned on the issue of universal health care for all Americans in 1992.

From Wikipedia:

The Clinton health care plan, known officially as the Health Security Act, was a 1993 healthcare reform package proposed by the administration of President Bill Clinton and closely associated with the chair of the task force devising the plan, First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Bill Clinton had campaigned heavily on health care in the 1992 U.S. presidential election. The task force was created in January 1993, but its own processes were somewhat controversial and drew litigation. Its goal was to come up with a comprehensive plan to provide universal health care for all Americans, which was to be a cornerstone of the administration's first-term agenda. A major health care speech was delivered by President Clinton to the U.S. Congress in September 1993. The core element of the proposed plan was an enforced mandate for employers to provide health insurance coverage to all of their employees through competitive but closely regulated health maintenance organizations.

Opposition to the plan was heavy from conservatives, libertarians, and the health insurance industry. The industry produced a highly effective television ad, "Harry and Louise", in an effort to rally public support against the plan. Instead of uniting behind the President's original proposal, Democrats offered a number of competing plans of their own. Hillary Clinton was drafted by the Clinton Administration to head a new Task Force and sell the plan to the American people, a plan which ultimately backfired amid the barrage of fire from the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries and considerably diminished her own popularity. By September 1994, the final compromise Democratic bill was declared dead by Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell."

The 1% won that battle and are working hard to repeat their former success.
 

Patricia N. (8)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:30 am
I don't have to worry about this living in Canada but have relatives in U.S. and friends also. I've seen so many negative comments from them about it and I wish someone could give a simple explanation of the system (if there is one}.
 

Brian M. (158)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:39 am
Universal Single Payer Health Care is what Americans need, but it's not what they have. The Affordable Care Act by the administration is at least a small step in that direction. Perhaps some day the US will go the rest of the way in taking care of its citizens. #MedicareForAll
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:52 am
Noted. Ty Cal.
 

Carlene V. (203)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:31 am
Obamacare is not what wing-nuts want you to believe or believe themselves. They scream about their premiums going up but don't know what to say when you ask them "haven't they been going up for the past 20+ years", whoops, now what wing-nuts? They've fallen for the lies on faux noise, limpballs, hannity (just let go by his radio station, yippee), and the rest of them who profit from money paid to them by insurance companies. And for the tea baggers who like their Medicare insurance, what a bunch of illiterate feet stomping jokers they have proven to be.
 

James Maynard (68)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:52 pm
Oh please President Clinton, don't explain the
benefits of the Affordable Care Act, that might
cause some Fox and Friends little brains to
have a ginormous headache and then they'd
have to use it............
 
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