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Clinton Slams 'Ideological' GOP for Obamacare Criticism

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By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Monday, 28 Oct 2013 08:06 AM

Former President Bill Clinton is slamming Republicans for their criticism of the Obamacare rollout, insisting the program's website issues and other troubles will be fixed soon.

Campaigning for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Clinton told supporters Sunday night in Hampton, Va., that the "computer deal" will be repaired, and called on Republicans to be a bit more patient, even though they have tried repeatedly to defund the Affordable Care Act.

Clinton recalled problems when Medicare Part D was implemented in 2006, and noted that Democrats, some of whom were supportive of the program, were a lot less critical of initial problems with it than Republicans are now with Obamacare.

“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 healthcare law and they had terrible problems with the computers,” he said.

“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.

"But our side, we’re not so ideological,” Clinton said, referring to Republicans who have been opposed to the healthcare-reform law since it was passed in 2010.

“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.”

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