“Secretary of Explaining Stuff” Bill Clinton: The GOP should really help fix these ObamaCare “glitches”

posted at 4:41 pm on September 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As part of their wide-ranging attempt to ‘educate’ and ‘inform’ the still largely confused public about the manifold and wondrous benefits available to them via ObamaCare if only they’ll be so obliging as to sign up for it, the White House is deploying Bill “explainer in chief” Clinton to help garner some much-needed positive attention for the health care overhaul. Clinton will be making speeches on behalf of ObamaCare as part of a bunch of events the White House has planned for this fall to help raise public awareness for the newly-minted exchanges opening on October 1st, but of course, don’t blame the countless broken promises, delays, errors, and “glitches” on anything inherent in progressive, big-government policies themselves. If there are problems, it’s obviously because those spiteful Republicans are preventing Democrats’ visions from being fully realized — but besides that charming and now familiar message, the whole thing was kind of anticlimactic.

Via NBC:

In a policy-heavy speech that lasted almost an hour, Clinton praised the sweeping insurance law and argued that – despite some problems inherent in the massive legislation – this new structure is better than the old health care system.

“It seems to me that the benefits of reform can’t be fully realized and the problems certainly can’t be solved unless both the supporters and the opponents of the original legislation work together to implement it and address the issues that arise any time you change a system this complex,” he said.

“There are always drafting errors, unintended consequences, unanticipated issues. We’re going to do better working together and learning together than we will trying over and over to repeal a law or rooting for reform to fail.”

Clinton, known for his stem-winding policy talks, won laughter for saying he believed the topic was important enough for a more disciplined verbal path.

“I have done something unusual for me,” he said, waving pieces of paper in each hand. “I actually wrote this whole thing out. I am going to try to use very few adjectives [and] explain how this works, what’s been done, and what has to be done.”

Can you feel the enthusiasm?

Anyhow, Politico points out that the speech — as generally uneventful as it was — is probably trying to serve a dual purpose. It’s no good letting yourself fade from the public eye when you’ve got big plans for the future, you know:

But the 42nd president’s choice of venue — his old stomping grounds of Little Rock, Ark. — was also telling. It’s a place he’ll be visiting frequently during the 2014 campaign cycle, to help out a pair of Democrats Clinton has known for decades trying to win tough races in the reddening state.

His former driver when he was governor of the state, Mike Ross, is running for that very seat next year. And a longtime friend and ally, Mark Pryor, is facing a tough reelection battle for the U.S. Senate. Clinton already raised $1 million for Pryor earlier this year, and has let it be known to many Democrats how committed he is to seeing him win an expected battle against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton.

But Clinton’s interest, as some see it, isn’t only about next year but three years from now. Political writers have already devoted ink to the idea that Clinton’s investment of time in the state is partly aimed at helping his wife, Hillary Clinton, possibly put the increasingly conservative state into the Democratic column in 2016 if she runs.


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get stuffed Bill.

gracie on September 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

We can fix them by eliminating the entire ObamaCare Health Control Tax Bill.

DAT60A3 on September 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

No amount of polishing will make the cACA Tax bill turd shiny or even workable. NO AMOUNT!

jukin3 on September 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

shorter bill clinton: Help us feed America this Crap Sammich!

ted c on September 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

F’off. Americans don’t want it.

Resist We Much on September 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Sign the petition and tell Congress: Don’t Fund Obamacare!Don’t Fund It!
The Countdown to Obamacare
http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/
On October 1st, millions of Americans will be required to enroll in Obamacare and could lose access to their doctors and be forced to pay higher premiums and higher taxes. But there’s still time to stop it. Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare if they refuse to fund it.

NMRN123 on September 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Ohhh, now you want help fixing this mess! Fat chance, Bucko, you Democrats own it.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Glitches? Man these Dems have a odd way of describing this job killing over budget under achieving clusterf*ck.

antipc on September 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

‘Exempt America Rally’ To Demand Congress Save EVERYONE From Obamacare[cnsnews]

Congressional staffers are exempt from the new health care law’s higher costs. Labor thinks it will destroy the 40-hour workweek, and uncertainty about the law’s adverse effects has businesses taking defensive postures and putting plans on hold.

That’s why the Tea Party Patriots (TPP) and other pro-liberty groups are rallying on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in D.C. on Tuesday, September 10: to get an exemption for the rest of us.

NMRN123 on September 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Fu*k you Di*khead, and the girl you rode in on.

ToddPA on September 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

How to ‘fix’ Obamacare…..

Step One – Repeal it. You can’t fix stupid.

Step Two – Time to take some measured and targeted steps to address the immediate challenges in healthcare….

Then see how the market and industry develops over the next several years from these steps….before taking additional steps based on what is working / not working and fixing just those specific items.

Athos on September 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

“Who will help me destroy the nation with socialized medicine ?” asked the little red men.

“We will!” Said the Good Old Poultry (GOP) birds

Don L on September 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

If by “fix” S(l)ick Willie means “completely elimninate”, then I’m down with that.

Practicioner of the 3 D’s:

Delay
Defund
Delete

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

sad. losing his grasp on relevancy.

socalcon on September 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Dear Billy,

It was a POS when it was passed. It’s still a POS now. You’re in good company. Democrats passed it. Democrats own it. So take that “we” out of your pocket.

GarandFan on September 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Hey, dipshi*, you were one of the people telling the Demshi* congress to go it alone and make history. Well you certainly have made history for the worst mistake ever made by congress. And now your not happy?

DDay on September 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

“I think we should all work together to implement this law, whether we supported it or not.”

Why don’t the dems work to repeal the thing whether they supported it or not? Why is it always a one way street. The liberal way. All or nothing. What did they say Bush was evil for? Something about being with us or against us. I’d say it’s the dems mantra.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

so will he be able to address that Peronei’s problem now?

agreeing with Rush here…I really don’t get the Hillary hype. She was unmercifully rejected by her party for an unknown senator barely into his first term. That was before Benghazi. the state department porn romps and her still unidentified fainting spell that kept her from testifying about Benghazi. When she did she lied about Benghazi. Did she ever sponsor or co-sponsor any legislation as a senator? Based on her lack of achievements since 2008 why would she be better 8 years latter?

Dems are mighty thin on the bench if she’s the one.

DanMan on September 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

“I think we should all work together to implement this law war, whether we supported it or not.”

…there you have the Clintons’ Syria take…

I hope the bad ones get the heads of all who are for the war, first.

No one cares/talks about obama’care’ and all the scandals…because of the ‘war’, er obama’s ego fiasco.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

“It seems to me that the benefits of reform can’t be fully realized and the problems certainly can’t be solved unless both the supporters and the opponents of the original legislation work together to implement it and address the issues that arise any time you change a system this complex,” he said.

Yeah…just like they all worked together to put this pile of sh1t together…you mean that way, Big Dog Bill?

timberline on September 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

No amount of polishing will make the cACA Tax bill turd shiny or even workable. NO AMOUNT!

jukin3 on September 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

This is much like the White Star Line seeking another co-owner after they learned the Titanic was sinking.

“There are people that will die, won’t you help us take the blame?”

Don L on September 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Thanks for asking’ Bill, but no thanks.

txmomof6 on September 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

“It seems to me that the benefits of reform can’t be fully realized and the problems certainly can’t be solved unless both the supporters and the opponents of the original legislation work together to implement it and address the issues that arise any time you change a system this complex,” he said.

{cough}over-reach{cough}

{cough}unintended consequences{cough}

socalcon on September 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

“I think we should all work together to implement this law war, whether we supported it or not.”

Hey, Bill–you guys won!Remember?

Don L on September 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

You can always tell when the morally and intellectually bankrupt democrats tel like the people aren’t buying their bs.

They trot out the disbarred, impeached, adulterous, lying, serial rapist who thought midnight basketball was the solution to urban crime.

Murphy9 on September 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

tel=feel

Murphy9 on September 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Maybe he should start with his union buddies first. They don’t seem too impressed.

Then lobby COngress to get their staff on board.. No Bill, not that staff…

Nothing like a serial rapist and impeached POS – with zero title pimping Obamacare.

Odie1941 on September 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Fluke off, Billy Boy.

M240H on September 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Maybe Trumka will help him. Maybe over a vegan and sausage sammich.

patman77 on September 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

What bullcrap. Obamacare’s stated purpose was to help a fluid number of uninsured people. Obamacare is upending the entire insurance market and impacting the health care of every American to benefit a few.

If their actual goal matched their stated goal then the law would have been much more narrowly written.

Their actual goal is single payer, nationalized “Medicaid for all” health care.

I, and 85% of my fellow subject, were happy with our health insurance and care. There was NO reason for ths abomination and it must be fought until it is dead.

Because of Obamacare my premiums are going up and I will eventually lose my high deductible HSA plan, which I really like.

So no, Bill, there are no benefits in this for me and I will do everything I can to bring it and its supporters down. I will take every opportunity to undermine it, avoid it, defy it?

You and the entire Democrat party can rot in He!!

Charlemagne on September 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I seem to remember an attempt a fix, in the name of outlawing sex criminals from getting free Viagra. My bubble headed Senatorette, among others, voted the proposal down.

Did our former Rapist in Chief have other fixes in mind?

MNHawk on September 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Um, what was the bad word in that…

Oh, the v word.

/sigh

MNHawk on September 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Sure. Clinton has always been about reaching out and working with the GOP and putting partisan interests aside. Does he think we’re all Monica Lewinsky?

flataffect on September 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

The GOP should really help pay for the dry cleaning of this blue dress I stained.

– Slick Willie Clinton

HumpBot Salvation on September 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Now, y’all…bubba has a lot of experience “explaining stuff”…

…explaining to Hil where he was all night

…explaining to Hil the strange color of lipstick she found on his collar

…explaining what the definition of “is” is…

kingsjester on September 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Remember when Democrats were ramming O’care down our throats and conservatives tried to save them from themselves? The standard response was STFD, STFU, and eat your peas. Well we saved the other half of the crap sandwich for later, enjoy your share.

antipc on September 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Like Clinton did after the first bombing of the World trade Center, Bill has completely underestimated the size and scope of the problem.

Obamacare is simply ‘too big to fix’!

Freddy on September 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Is tweety broke? OT

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

“I think we should all work together to implement this law, whether we supported it or not.”

Funny, when the Dims were ramming this law through over the objection of the Republicans (and most of the country), it was all “F— you, we won, we’ll do whatever we want.”

Now that their law is turning out to be the giant clusterf*ck we all told them it would be, suddenly it’s all about cooperation and bi-partisanship, and waaaaaaahhhhhhhhh, why won’t you meanies help us fix this giant $hit sandwich we made?

F— you, Bill Clinton. Live by hyper-partisanship, die by hyper-partisanship.

AZCoyote on September 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Yep.

Too many anti-Syria comments./

kingsjester on September 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

kingsjester on September 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

kingsjester is tweety broke for you as well?

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Yep.

kingsjester on September 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Too many anti-Syria comments./

kingsjester on September 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Sorry I didn’t wait long enough. Lolz! Glad its not just me. ; )

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

One of these days I need to learn tweety better. Looks like it won’t be today. Just lucky that way I guess. ; )

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Their actual goal is single payer, nationalized “Medicaid for all” health care.

Charlemagne on September 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Medicaid is far too efficient for what they’re planning on doing. Back in the day, Ed highlighted their real plan – the Indian Health Service

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

at least as he decomposes his head doesn’t look like its floating around like Al Sharpton’s does

DanMan on September 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Go eat a steak, Billy Jeff, you liar.


Bill Clinton pretending to be a vegan so he can talk about being a vegan

Brat on September 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

man that was a romp through the past…pre Obamacare…AnninCA and a poster named capitalist piglet that does not sound at all like Capitalist Hog.

DanMan on September 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

“I think we should all work together to implement this law, whether we supported it or not.”

“The negros should all work together to implement these Jim Crow laws, whether they support them or not.”

Bill Clinton’s brain.

Mimzey on September 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Single payer in 3 years. Boehner and the other RINKs

bgibbs1000 on September 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Single payer in 3 years. Boehner and the other RINOs will make it happen.

bgibbs1000 on September 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

How to ‘fix’ Obamacare…..

Step One – Repeal it. You can’t fix stupid.

Step Two – Time to take some measured and targeted steps to address the immediate challenges in healthcare….

Then see how the market and industry develops over the next several years from these steps….before taking additional steps based on what is working / not working and fixing just those specific items.

Athos on September 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Yep. ‘Fixing’ the revolting Obamacare is like trying to patch a new bridge with a dozen or more fatal engineering design mistakes, possibly more that haven’t been found yet.

For the low-information voters, the detestible Obamacare is like a car that’s totaled in a wreck. It’s cheaper to junk it and start looking for another one.

slickwillie2001 on September 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Bill Clinton may have been known as a teflon potus, but for all his spouting, the ONLY explanation he ever gave for willfully committing his impeachable crimes was, “Because I Could.” His atrocious murders of so many innocent Americans leaves anything he says or does further yet in hell. Don’t go with him into a black hole.

During the closed door Congressional committee meetings preparing the legislative bill that passed deceitfully as “Affordable Health” ObamaCare, REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS WERE LOCKED OUT, BANNED from participating in discussions within committees and on the House and Senate Floors during regular daytime sessions.

The deceit of Republican House and Senate elected representation, however, is apparent now. I remember the too-many “conservative bills” touted from Republican legislators (promoting their own career rather than uniting behind a single bill), all supposedly to lower the cost of medical treatment in America* that they during the ObamaCare Congressional debate. (That legislative process which Tom DeLay perfected hammered a vote without observing Congressional Protocol.) Ah yes, the unanimous Republican Congressional outrage, swearing they’d refuse to fund ObamaCare! Now those very same legislators who sponsored conservative bills, elected through the 2010 Tea Party revolt against over-spending and government corruption, are cheering the Republican Leadership’s too-big-to-fail corporatist-governance. “It’s the law of the land,” it is “impossible” for the House to refuse funding ObamaCare’s implementation. (Ignore the fact that the US Govt. is far worse off than bankrupt, as are too many American citizens and businesses.) And to top it off, the same neoconservative usurpers of constitutional governance are screaming for the US to attack Syria because US funded/trained al-Qaeda terrorists who are imposing the civil war in Syria were caught with a 2kg canister of Sarin while traversing through Turkey en route to Syria. The only reliable sources, the surviving victims of genocidal attacks within Syria, all consistently bear witness that it was al-Qaeda terrorists who murdered everyone in their family and villages. (Syrian Orthodox Christians and a Catholic Nun lived to bear witness subsequent to the terrorist instigated “Arab Spring” al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood insurrections.) As for the US neoconservative obese egos demanding to invade Syria without cause, Washingtonians have absolutely NO CREDIBILITY, and neither does the MSM which fabricates as much false evidence and false witnesses as does our own federal government. (A very simple case, self defense, Obama/Holder v. George Zimmerman.)

*The problem of high medical costs was caused by the INSURANCE INDUSTRY, ironically. Yes, those interests are accompanied by Welfare State “compassionate conservative” exploitation of insurance for corrupt profits through fraud — an integral element within the global corporatist investment-banking-insurance industry, often sharing the same Board Members, who coincidentally hire politicians upon “retirement” to lobby for more tax rip-offs.

ObamaCare? The FIX is in.

Political favorites get to opt out. The US working middle class Americans will be ruined. And the globalist insurance corporations will profit immensely, while responsive policies to what holders want are forbidden — everyone (outside of Obama’s favorites) must fund the corrupted pork, parasitic Trichinosis for all working Middle Class Americans. Now ESPECIALLY white collar is hating on the “working class” aka blue collar Americans. And how the Republican elitists cry against class warfare, even while the Republican POTUS candidate tells Americans, “You can kiss your jobs good-bye. They are gone forever.”

maverick muse on September 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

If by “fix” S(l)ick Willie means “completely elimninate”, then I’m down with that.

Practicioner of the 3 D’s:

Delay
Defund
Delete

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

He means ‘fix’ like when he said to Hillary, “we have a problem with this Vince Foster guy, and you need to fix it.”

slickwillie2001 on September 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Short and sweet: support Ted Cruz.

maverick muse on September 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

“I think we should all work together to implement this law, whether we supported it or not.”

Oh, you mean like Dems supported the surge?

Maddie on September 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

He means ‘fix’ like when he said to Hillary, “we have a problem with this Vince Foster guy, and you need to fix it.”

slickwillie2001 on September 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

If only I could believe that definition of “fix” applies here.

Besides, it was Hillary who said that to Bill.

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Did Bill Clinton stick his d!ck in the male interns’ mouths too, or just the girls’? And what about those cigars?

Jaibones on September 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Hey, Bill, can you help me with a legal problem? Oh wait, I forgot that you were disbarred because you are a perjurer!

Deafdog on September 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

So… despite the fact that there was NO Republican input into this bill,

complete presidential shutout of the the Republicans when they tried to present alternate ideas,

not one single Republican vote for the bill,

American majority desire to not pass the bill and once passed to repeal it,

failure of the bill to produce expected outcomes,

deleterious effects on the economy, and more to come,

The Republicans and the majority of Americans should now Fix it?

Bucko, you need to get Monica back telling you how awesome you are.

NOMOBO on September 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

So if those who don’t support it, supported it, all would be well and the train wreck would somehow jump back on the track? Insurance prices would go back to normal? Everyone who’s lost their jobs or hours would get them back?

Oh and you didn’t have sex with that woman, did you.

Oxymoron on September 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Well, Willie, I know how to ‘fix’ it…problem is, you and your pals wouldn’t like my solution.

AUINSC on September 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Those silly Dems! Always trying to pick up a turd on the clean end.

jb34461 on September 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Glitches? You mean like that screw he’s got loose?

No fixin’ that.

Cleombrotus on September 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Oh, I’m sure they will.

stenwin77 on September 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Drive-By Billy is shooting again.

TimBuk3 on September 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

You know what, Bill? I disagree.

This ObamaCare crap sandwich is your party’s contribution to America and I can’t imagine any reason on earth why a Republican should do anything other than run for the hills when they see it coming.

MTF on September 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

The comments in this thread are epic.

fossten on September 4, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Yeah, I remember all the concessions the Democrats had to make on this bill so they could get huge bipartisan support, and now the GOP has abandoned them.

Bill and I are living in the same parallel universe.

In the universe the rest of you live in, the Dems passed the bill without a single Republican vote, and now they own it, lock, stock, and barrel.

Chris of Rights on September 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Hey bill is that a cigar in your pants or are you overjoyed with your speech fee.

jaywemm on September 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM