Bill Clinton criticized Obamacare on Monday, saying the health-care law screws over middle-class Americans and small business owners.
At a rally in Flint, Michigan for his wife’s presidential bid, the former president said Obamacare “doesn’t make any sense,” and the marketplace insurance model the law established “doesn’t work.”
“The people who are getting killed in this deal are small businesspeople and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies,” Clinton said, according to The Hill.
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of the sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people out there busting it, sometimes [working] up to 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” he said. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
The former president’s remarks contrast sharply with what Hillary Clinton has been saying — or rather not saying — about Obamacare on the campaign trail. Since news broke that the Obama administration may soon resort to bailing out insurers and that premiums are expected to increase by 20 percent next year, while many Americans are posed to lose their coverage, she has stayed silent.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff has since been scrambling to downplay her husband’s remarks.
“We need to do more to lower premiums,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said on CBS Tuesday morning. “The health-care system both as it used to be, and sometimes what happens in these markets, where basically the marketplace skews the costs.”