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Healthcare Trouble Grows
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Healthcare Trouble Grows

Gilbert N. Kahn is a professor of Political Science at Kean University.

Former President Clinton joined the chorus of angry voices on Tuesday challenging the failure of the President to deliver Obamacare as promised.  He asserted that the President’s failure to insure that the American people could keep their former health care plan if they so desired and not in OYZ.com which was cited in the Daily Beast today, Clinton’s statement suggests—considering the source–how deep a problem the White House is facing with the chaos that has ensued since the Affordable Health Care Act took effect on October 1.

Clinton did not address directly the failure of the healthcare.gov web site to be operational, although it is fairly clear to everyone that if the end of November comes and the system is not up and running, the President will need to resort to drastic measures—perhaps even administrative ones– to get the health care program operational.  Clinton focused directly on the plight of at least 3.5 million people who have been dropped from their plans or have seen their plans disappear. This despite the fact that the President promised it was precisely this eventuality which would never occur under the ACA.

President Clinton’s attack on Obama seems clearly to have had only one motive aside from the legitimate attack on the ACA mess which the President is currently facing. President Clinton was the stalking horse for the 2016 Democratic presidential aspirant who felt she could not yet go out and attack the man whom she served for four years until just 10 months ago as Secretary of State.

Playing the bad guy, President Clinton did not want to cede all the attack on the failure of Obamacare to Governor Christie or the Tea Party or even the establishment Republicans.    The Clinons obviously felt this would be deft way to place their statements on Obamacare on the record before any campaign actually starts; both during the forthcoming presidential nomination fight as well as the general election.  She needed to begin to separate herself from the President, yet she needs to remain a loyal soldier until she officially throws her hat into the ring                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        . 

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