Has Clinton heard of the Affordable Care Act?!

Heard a summary of Bill Clinton’s remarks at this Fiscal Summit thing today and damn did it make me mad.  He’s just got to try so hard to be Mr. Reasonable Centrist that he accuses Republicans of being theologically committed to no tax increases but Democrats as equally theologically committed to refusing to address Medicare reforms to control costs.  Are you serious?!  Has he heard of the Affordable Care Act.  Not to psycho-analyze, but… perhaps Clinton is so jealous that Obama passed health reform where he failed (in part, by going about it in a more politically savvy manner), that he’s blocked it out.   It’s not perfect, but arguably the most important aspect of the reform is the efforts it makes to reduce the growth in health care spending, which it does primarily through a variety of reforms to medical care.  And on a larger level, so annoying to hear Clinton of all people gauging in this absurd false symmetry argument.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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