Fact-Check: Bill Clinton Called ObamaCare a ‘Crazy System’

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During the vice-presidential debate, Governor Pence quoted Bill Clinton referring to ObamaCare as a “crazy plan.”

In fact, former President Clinton’s exact words on Monday were as follows:

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.

CNN reports Clinton realized his mistake and tried to walk his comments back the following day:

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. 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, so they have no bargaining power.


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