Former President Bill Clinton praised Obamacare as the final tally for open enrollment was revealed, saying that President Barack Obama and the lawmakers who passed the new healthcare law should be "commended," and the repeal efforts need to stop.
"The news today from Washington is very good — over 7 million Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act," Clinton said in a statement Tuesday after the final figures were announced by Obama, Politico
reported. "That's a higher rate of enrollment than the Medicare Part D drug bill had."
"Also, millions more working families are now covered through Medicaid expansion. Three million young people are covered on their parents' plans," he continued. "Seniors are saving more on their prescription drug costs. And inflation in health costs has been reduced for four years so much that we are actually spending a smaller percentage of national income on healthcare than we were before the Affordable Care Act passed."
The former president asked the law's opponents to start work on fixing it instead of repealing it.
"President Obama, the people who worked so hard to implement the law, and those who voted for it should be commended," he said. "It's time for the law's political opponents to stop trying to repeal it and start working together, across party lines and political differences, to fix its remaining problems and allow all eligible working families to get coverage under Medicaid."
He called on Democrats and Republicans to start "working on this."
"The health of our people, the security of our families, and the strength of our economy require us to finish the job — together," he said.
Clinton said in an interview
last month posted on Real Clear Politics that Democrats should embrace, not run away from, Obamacare in the midterm elections.
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