Bill Clinton Hits Obamacare: ‘Craziest Thing in the World’

Bill Clinton seemingly went off-script Monday evening, slamming President Obama’s signature health-care law as “the craziest thing in the world.” While stumping in Flint, Mich., for his wife, Hillary Clinton, the former president slammed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for causing a rise in insurance premiums: “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.” However, he added, “The current system works fine if you’re eligible for Medicaid, if you’re a lower-income working person; if you’re already on Medicare, or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your health care. But 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.” The Trump campaign seized upon the comments, suggesting in a statement that the Clintons are renouncing the Obama legacy, but the Democratic campaign defended Bill by noting that he has supported the law since its passing in 2010 and, like Obama, acknowledges there are improvements to be made.