From Forward Progressives:
Leave it to Bill Clinton to put Republicans in their place. While speaking at an event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Clinton assured the crowd he had the utmost confidence that the glitches the Affordable Care Act website have experienced since its launch would soon get worked out.
“The computer deal will get fixed up. Don’t worry about that,” he told attendees at the event.
But he didn’t stop there — he also tore into Republicans for their blatant hypocrisy concerning the Affordable Care Act website issues and the issues Bush’s Medicare Part D system had upon its launch. Issues that, at the time, Republicans downplayed and urged patience as they got worked out. He also pointed point out that Medicare Part D was actually more unpopular than “Obamacare” at the time it was implemented.
Clinton said, “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.”
Again, that was a Republican-built plan that had a horrible beginning as well.
Yet, as it relates to “Obamacare,” Republicans will say the website’s issues equate to the entire law being an epic failure.
Clinton also went on to point out how, while only a few Democrats supported Medicare Part D, once issues were being experienced most Democrats chose to help people understand the new law and get through the issues until they were fixed. He said, “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.”
Which, of course, is the exact opposite of what Republicans are doing. Instead of helping Americans become more informed about the law, they continue to dish out lie after lie in an effort to ignite fear among Americans, hoping that their efforts will lead to the law’s failure.
Then again, Republicans have been trying everything they can to see the United States fail since 2008. If it’s something President Obama supports — including the American people — Republicans seem determined to do everything they can to make it fail.
I’m glad we have people like Bill Clinton to call them out on their blatant hypocrisy. I just wish more Democrats would follow his lead.