Clinton Tries to Sell Obamacare, but That Dog Won’t Hunt

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Clinton at DNC 2012


Earlier today, former President Clinton spoke about Obamacare in Little Rock, reprising his role as “explainer-in-chief” to tell the American people how well Obamacare is working now, and will work when the exchanges launch in just 26 days.

But as Bill Clinton himself might say, that dog won’t hunt. Contrary to his claims, the law is not reducing costs, is causing people to lose their health coverage, and does not provide states with flexibility to implement the measure:

As to Clinton’s claim that those who oppose the law should try to fix it rather than repealing it, President Obama has committed to repeal the sequester—a provision the President himself signed into law. If President Obama believes the sequester is so harmful that it should be repealed—and the Administration is threatening to shut down the federal government if the sequester is not repealed—then why should conservatives abandon their belief that Obamacare is so harmful that it should be repealed?

The answer is simple. Liberals didn’t abandon their belief in a government-centric scheme for health care after President Clinton’s failed effort in the 1990s. Likewise, conservatives should not now abandon their belief—based on all the implementation failures to date—that Obamacare won’t deliver for the American people. It is so unworkable that it should be defunded and repealed.