White House Hires Former Clinton Healthcare Adviser to Save Obamacare

Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 01:33 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The White House has hired Chris Jennings, the lead healthcare adviser from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, in hopes of healing its lingering Obamacare woes.

Jennings, who ripped then-Sen. Barack Obama's healthcare proposal in the 2008 presidential campaign as a "false promise" and "cruel hoax," has since emerged as a key ally of the president and his healthcare initiative, according to The Hill.

Jennings had initially opposed Obamacare because, when first proposed, it lacked a mandate for people to buy insurance.

His hiring on Monday to promote the new healthcare law comes after a set of potentially crippling setbacks for the plan, which takes effect in January 2014. The delays in implementing the employer coverage mandate on one other crucial provision of the law have caused some critics to raise questions over whether it can still be implemented on time.

Jennings also served for eight years in the Bill Clinton White House, which included six years as a senior healthcare adviser. He also helped implement the Children's Health Insurance Program, and has about 30 years of healthcare experience in Washington.

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