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Obamacare: “It’s the Craziest Thing in the World”


As House Democrats Return to their Districts, Here’s a Look Back at What their Friends and Colleagues Have Said About Obamacare

“So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.” – Former President Bill Clinton (Naomi Lim, “Bill Clinton calls Obamacare ‘the craziest thing in the world,’ later tries to walk it back,” CNN, October 5, 2016)

“Too many Americans still strain to pay for their physician visits and prescriptions, cover their deductibles or pay their monthly insurance bills; struggle to navigate a complex, sometimes bewildering system; and remain uninsured.” – President Barack Obama (Barack Obama, JD, “United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps,” The Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2, 2016)

“In my mind the [Affordable Care Act] has been a huge success, but it’s got real problems.” – President Barack Obama (Jonathan Chait, “Five Days That Shaped a Presidency,” New York Magazine, October 2, 2016)

“The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people.” – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (“Democratic Minnesota governor says ObamaCare ‘no longer affordable’,” Associated Press, October 12, 2016)

“While federal tax credits will help make monthly premiums more affordable for many Minnesotans, these rising insurance rates are both unsustainable and unfair. Middle-class Minnesotans in particular are being crushed by the heavy burden of these costs. There is a clear and urgent need for reform to protect Minnesota consumers who purchase their own health insurance.” – Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman (“Dems Turn on ObamaCare Amid Premium Hikes, Bill Clinton Laments “Crazy System,” Fox News, October 4, 2016)

“You know, I think the Affordable Care Act [ACA] from the very beginning has been a roller coaster. There are a lot more ups and downs.” – Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) (Peter Sullivan, “Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare,” The Hill, September 22, 2016)

“It’s like building a starter home – or buying a starter home. It’s a lot better than not having a home, but you hope that over time you make some improvements.” – President Barack Obama (Kimberly Leonard, “Obama on Obamacare: Once I’m Gone, Fix it,” U.S. News & World Report, October 20, 2016)