Top Hillary Clinton campaign aide John Podesta refused to answer a question on former President Bill Clinton’s assertion Obamacare is “the craziest thing in the world” during an appearance on MSNBC ‘s “Morning Joe” Wednesday.
The potential future first husband threw President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation under the bus Monday, calling it “a crazy system” that “that “doesn’t work here,” doubling down on his criticisms later in the week at a campaign event in Ohio.
“I was in Richmond,” Podesta said. “You know, you’ll have to ask somebody else that question.”
Podesta went on to argue, when put into context, the former president wasn’t actually attacking Obamacare and remains on the same page as his wife, despite Clinton noting premiums have risen by astronomical amounts.
“If you look at the context and what she said yesterday and what he actually said, he said, he was saying that the Affordable Care Act had done a lot of good things, it now covers 20 million people,” he said. “She said that there are things that need improvement, including lowering the price of prescription drugs, protecting people from excessive out of pocket costs.”
Clinton’s campaign manager went on to defend the ACA, saying while it has some areas that need to be fixed, he thinks it has overall been successful.
“We need to continue it. We need to build on it. I think that’s president Clinton’s position as well. That’s what he really believes, his colorful language notwithstanding,” he said.
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