GOP seizes on Clinton's remarks urging Obama to keep his health care promise

Posted by Anita Kumar on November 12, 2013 

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Former President Bill Clinton, right, and Terry McAuliffe, left, Virginia Democratic candidate for Governor, wave to a crowd during the "Putting Jobs First" event on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Roanoke, Va.

STEPHANIE KLEIN-DAVIS — AP

Republicans couldn't help but react with glee to former president Bill Clinton's remarks Tuesday that the Obama administration ought to accept a change in the law that would allow all Americans to keep their current health insurance plan.

In an interview published on Ozy, a web magazine, Clinton said Obama should honor his the promise that he has been making for years: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.

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

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, applauded Clinton for joining a bipartisan call for Obama to act.

"These comments signify a growing recognition that Americans were misled when they were promised that they could keep their coverage under President Obama’s health care law," Boehner said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama agrees with Clinton and said he has asked aides to devise a way to accomodate those people losing their plans. But he declined to outline the possible fixes, or even a timetable for action.

“The president has tasked his team with looking at a range of options, as he said, to make sure that nobody is put in a position where their plans have been canceled and they can’t afford a better plan, even though they’d like to have a better plan,” Carney said.

Lawmakers from both parties have introduced bills to allow Americans to keep their plans, but the White House has not endorsed any proposal.

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