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Bill Clinton: This ObamaCare Situation is “The Craziest Thing in the World”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:28 am

Billy Boy is off the reservation on ObamaCare, and is suggesting (surprise, surprise!) that the answer may be a single-payer system:

Clinton unloaded on the Affordable Care Act during a campaign rally Monday afternoon in Michigan, a state where premium hikes are expected to be around 17 percent this fall.

“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people that are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” Clinton said.

“It’s the craziest thing in the world.”

He then called for more a government-driven system in which people could buy into Medicare and Medicaid. Without that option, Clinton said, the law “doesn’t make any sense” and “the insurance model doesn’t work here.”

We’ve always known their endgame is single payer. It’s nice to see them being so refreshingly honest about it, isn’t it? Oh wait — I guess if you’re running for president, refreshing honesty is not part of the program:

A spokesman for the former president defended the comments on Tuesday, painting them as being in tune with his wife’s overall healthcare message. The Democratic presidential nominee has called for ­ObamaCare to be adjusted around the edges but largely kept in place.

I, for one, look forward to a time when a Clinton is president, and President Clinton’s spouse is devoted to an overhaul of the health care system to provide for more government involvement.

I’m joking, of course — but you may have to be over 40 to get the joke.

Debate Recap: Denial and Interruptions

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:15 am

I didn’t see the debate last night, but from clips and commentary, it appears that Mike Pence cemented his role as the earnest milquetoasty gentleman who seems like a good guy but has a difficult time with the positions of his running mate. According to the evidence from this clip — which is a literally a commercial for the evil Hillary/Kaine ticket, which I utterly reject, but which is a very effective compilation — Pence is dealing with the problem of his candidate’s (and even his own!) bizarre utterances through the magical psychological tool of denial:

Meanwhile, Tim Kaine (raise that left brow a little higher, Tim! little higher! even higher!! PERFECT!) apparently tried to dominate the debate through a technique called “constant interruption”:

Kaine interrupted so much, Vox probably thinks Pence is a woman, oppressed by the male-dominated culture.

One Donald J. Trump was very offended by this, it seems:

And why wouldn’t he be? Donald J. Trump is a gentleman and would never engage in such rude tactics!

Oh. Right.

The interruptions of my preferred candidate show confidence and dominance. The interruptions of your preferred candidate are rude and boorish. Please follow this important template in discussions below.

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