Bill Clinton, wearing his Hillary surrogate beanie, was campaigning in Flint, Michigan yesterday and he, as they say, departed from his prepared remarks.
Via The Daily Caller:
“It doesn’t many any sense. The insurance model doesn’t work here,” Clinton said about the government-run marketplaces Obamacare set up. Clinton said that Obamacare “works fine” for people with “modest” incomes or who are eligible for government subsidies, or Medicare. But he added that, “the people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies.”
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care 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. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
As David Harsanyi, writing in The Federalist, notes:
Obama promised that Obamacare wouldn’t add a penny to the deficit and would cost less than a trillion dollars (remember the ten years taxation for the eight years of ACA?). Meanwhile, Obama has spent billions of health-care dollars — without any congressional authority — to bail out his struggling program.
Perhaps the only real achievement Obama and his allies can dependably point to is the increase in insured Americans. When we consider government penalizes you for failing to buy insurance, it’s hardly a surprise. It’s tantamount to bragging about increasing military recruitment numbers after passing a draft. Although Democrats do seem perversely satisfied with idea of using state force as a marketing tool.
Obamacare was ostensibly about controlling greedy insurance companies (who wrote most the cronyistic bill in the first place) and “bending the cost curve.” In reality, Democrats have used Obamacare as a tool for social engineering and expanding the welfare state. As Obamacare falls apart, Democrats now turn to the “public option” — a state-run program — because incrementalism is what they always do.
The only good thing that will come out of a Hillary Clinton presidency, something that is looking increasingly inevitable as every day Trump shows himself to be more incompetent than she is, will be watching the blue-on-blue fight as the first (sorta) woman president has to unravel the legacy of the first (sorta) black president.