Dick Cheney 'Inclined to Agree with Bill Clinton' on Obamacare Promise

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Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 08:44 PM

By Greg Richter

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney said something rare for a Republican on Tuesday: "I'm inclined to agree with Bill Clinton."

Republican Cheney, appearing on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," was referring to a statement by the former Democratic president earlier in the day.

Clinton said President Barack Obama should honor his commitment to let people keep health insurance policies they like "even if it takes a change in the law."

But Cheney wasn't sure how it would be possible for people with canceled insurance policies to have them reinstated.

"I'm not quite sure now how you go peel back that onion," Cheney told Van Susteren in a taped interview. "I think exactly what needs to be done is, repeal Obamacare. I think it's a serious, serious foul-up."

Paraphrasing another Democrat, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who cast an early warning about the Obamacare website, Cheney said, "It's a train wreck as far as I can tell."

Cheney, a recipient of multiple heart procedures, including a transplant, said his biggest worry is that the government is getting more deeply involved in healthcare. He doesn't think government is up to the task.

"That's really scary," he said.

Cheney acknowledged that the U.S. healthcare system has problems that need fixing, but said that overall "we have the finest healthcare system in the world for most of our people."

Obama's repeated promises that people can keep their healthcare plans if they liked them, which now have been shown to be false, are a "real danger," Cheney said.

"He's got a huge credibility problem," Cheney said of Obama. "But more than that, I wonder what kind of damage is being done to our healthcare system."

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