Top Clinton Aide Podesta Calls for Single Payer Health Care

Clinton camp continues to distance self from Obamacare fiasco

Many of John Podesta's lobbying firm's clients also supported his 501(c)3 Center for American Progress

John Podesta / AP


Clinton confidante John Podesta came out as another critic of Obamacare just moments after President Barack Obama finished his tense press conference announcing changes to the law.

Podesta remarked on Twitter that it just took him only five minutes to apply online for Medicare, a clear contrast with the disaster that individuals attempting to sign up for Obamacare have faced.

"Single payer anyone?" remarked Podesta, alluding to a major difference between Medicare and Obamacare, and one of the major policy objectives of many on the left.

Podesta is reportedly in discussions to take over the leadership of super PAC Priorities USA as it prepares to transition into full support of Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 run for president. Podesta formerly served as chief of staff to Bill Clinton during his presidency, and has had a role with the Clinton family foundation as well. His brother, Tony, runs one of the largest lobbying firms in Washington, which the two cofounded together. Medicare does not appear to be a client of the firm.

Bill Clinton also came out as a critic of Obamacare earlier this week.

"I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got," said Clinton in an interview on Tuesday.

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