Speaking at a Democratic rally in Flint, Michigan, the former president ripped into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for flooding the health care insurance market and causing premiums to rise for middle-class Americans who do not qualify for subsidies.
“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,” Clinton said.
He sounds rational, just like a Republican Congressman.
Even his attempt to clean it up keeps the main parts of the criticism alive…
“Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, and the 50-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have staged were a terrible mistake,” Clinton said at a rally in Athens, Ohio. “We, for the first time in our history, at least are providing insurance to more than 90% of our people.”
“But there is a group of people — mostly small business owners and employees — who make just a little too much money to qualify for Medicaid expansion or for the tax incentives who can’t get affordable health insurance premiums in a lot of places. And the reason is they’re not in big pools,” Clinton said. “So they have no bargaining power.”
What did Trump do?
A major policy speech on ObamaCare?
“Oh, did Bill Clinton blow it. Woah, did he blow it,” Trump told supporters in Reno, reiterating his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“President Clinton has come and told the truth about Obamacare. In all fairness, he told the truth. Two days ago, President Clinton came out and torched President Obama‘s signature legislation,” Trump said. “Remember Hillary Clinton called Obamacare one of the greatest accomplishments of the president, of the Democratic Party and our country? Except it doesn’t work. It’s a disaster. It’s costing everybody, including our country, a fortune.”
“Bill has a different view! Oh, did he suffer. Can you imagine when he walked home to that beautiful home in Westchester and he said, ‘Hi Hillary. How was your day?'” Trump said imitating the former president. “Oh, did he suffer.”
“Bill called it a system, a crazy system, and said that it’s the craziest thing in the world. People out there, he said, are busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week and wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. The people getting cut in this deal are the small business people and the individuals who make just a bit too much money to get any of these subsidies,” Trump said. “This is Bill Clinton! … This is him, this isn’t Trump. This is Bill Clinton, and he added, ‘it doesn’t make any sense.’ And that insurance model, it just doesn’t work.”
“Oh can you imagine what was going on?” Trump said, arguing that Hillary Clinton “doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing” on the issue. He added that the only way to fix the problem is to vote for him.
We are on day 3 of this story and Trump still can’t capitalize.
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