John Podesta Has Difficulty Defending Bill Clinton’s Comments on Obamacare

October 5, 2016

Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta had difficulty Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe spinning former President Bill Clinton’s recent comment calling Obamacare "the craziest thing in the world."

Podesta deflected and said that he was in Richmond, Va. getting prepared for Sunday’s vice presidential debate.

"Secretary Clinton believes the Affordable Care Act is doing great things, making sure you can’t deny preexisting conditions and can’t discriminate against women, et cetera," Podesta said. "We need to continue it. We need to build on it. I think that’s President Clinton’s position as well. That’s what he really believes, his colorful language notwithstanding."

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said that Bill Clinton had explained to the public the failings of Obamacare better than any member of Congress had over the past seven years.

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd said that in any other presidential race, Clinton’s comments would be a big deal but Donald Trump has not had a consistent view on healthcare.

Todd added that Clinton has now become the star of down ballot Senate race ads for Republicans.

"That is great insight. If I was on the campaign trail as a congressman, I would be talking about this every day," Scarborough said. "The press keeps attacking us for trying to repeal Obamacare because it penalizes people who work hard–this is what Bill Clinton said. Thank you, Bill Clinton."