Former President Bill Clinton reiterated attacks against the Affordable Care Act while campaigning for his wife, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, in Ohio on Tuesday.
“I want to talk about this one thing with the healthcare law, that’s another thing they’re trying to tangle with,” Clinton first told the crowd. “I supported the Affordable Care Act, and I support it today.”
“It’s doing a great job of ensuring 25,000,000 people, and it did something for 100 percent of the people,” he continued. “It says you cannot deny anybody health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.”
“All that is really important,” he continued before launching his criticism. “There is a big problem with it that needs to be fixed, that everybody who knows admits it.”
If you’re just above the line to qualify for the Medicaid expansion, or just above the line for subsidies for small businesses and workers. The likelihood is that you’re premiums have gone up, your coverage has gone down, and the insurance companies have [inaudible]. There’s a reason for that.”
“You have the bargaining power, and 80 percent of all the health care costs every year are claimed by 20 percent of the people,” Clinton added. “The smaller the insurance pool, the riskier it is for the insurance company if you get more than 20 percent in that pool.”