Donald Trump took to Twitter just before the start of Tuesday’s vice presidential debate to take a jab at Bill Clinton over recent comments the former president has made about the Affordable Care Act.
“Wow, did you just hear Bill Clinton’s statement on how bad Obamacare is,” Trump posted. “Hillary not happy. As I have been saying, REPEAL AND REPLACE!”
During a Tuesday event, the ex-president announced his full-throated support for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, praising it for getting millions of more people insured and preventing insurance companies from denying insurance to anyone with a preexisting medical condition.
“All of that is really important,” he said.
“There is a big problem with it that needs to be fixed,” he continued. “That everybody knows admits it. If you’re just above a line to qualify for the Medicaid expansion, or just above the line to qualify for the subsidies for workers, the likelihood is your premiums have gone up, your coverage has gone down, and the insurance companies have taken the power.”
He made similar comments at an event yesterday.
Trump wasn’t the only Republican to jump into the fray after Clinton made his comments. House Speaker Paul Ryan also tweeted “going to have to agree with Bill Clinton on this one…”
During a recent interview with New York magazine, Obama himself admitted there were some fixable problems with his signature legislation.
“In my mind the [Affordable Care Act] has been a huge success, but it’s got real problems,” he said. “They’re eminently fixable problems in terms of strengthening the marketplace, improving the subsidies so more folks can get it, making sure everybody has Medicaid who was qualified under the original legislation, doing more on the cost containment. But you hit a point where if Congress just is not willing to make any constructive modifications and it’s all political football, then you’re getting a suboptimal solution.”
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