Bill Clinton, campaigning for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe, ripped into the GOP for blasting the inept rollout of ObamaCare. Clinton claimed, “The computer deal will get fixed up. Don’t worry about that,” and then cited the cooperation of Democrats when George W. Bush implemented Medicare Part D in 2006:
Everybody’s forgotten, by the way, that when President George W. Bush and the Republicans put that Medicare Part D drug program in, it was more unpopular than the health care law and they had terrible problems with the computers. Some seniors couldn’t even get medicine they had been getting, and the local pharmacists basically got together and made sure they stayed alive until the computers got fixed. But our side, we’re not so ideological. So, instead of bashing them and screaming about how incompetent they were, most of our people just tried to help people understand the law and make it work and then wait for it to get fixed.
Then Clinton attacked Ken Cuccinelli, McAuliffe’s rival for the governorship, by saying, “There’s a big difference in being an ideologue and being practical, putting people first as opposed to some abstract philosophy first.”