August 3rd, 2009
04:13 PM ET
13 years ago

Bill Clinton: GOP 'at it again' in health care debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former President Bill Clinton blasted Republicans Monday in a fundraising e-mail."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's apparently deja vu all over again for former President Bill Clinton.

In a fundraising e-mail on behalf of congressional Democrats, Clinton is blasting Republicans for opposing President Obama's health care push, and reminding people of his administration's ultimately unsuccessful efforts to reform the industry 16 years ago.

"It seems like the 1993 health care debate all over again," Clinton writes in the e-mail, noting that Americans "urgently" needed health care reform as much then as they do now.

"But, just as I did in 1993, President Obama has run into a buzz saw of special interest opposition to his top domestic policy priority - health care reform," he says in the message. "He is facing off against some of the most powerful special interests in Washington who've launched a furious campaign to preserve the status quo."

"...Simply put, they're at it again."

Clinton accuses GOP congressmen of making a "political calculation" to misrepresent Obama's health care plan and to "attack Congressional Democrats with sound bites" instead of making quality health care affordable and accessible."

The former President makes no mention in the e-mail of his wife Hillary, who took charge of his administration's ultimately doomed health care effort in 1993. During her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, both she and John Edwards criticized Obama's health care plan for not mandating that individuals purchase insurance.

Asked for a response to the e-mail, a spokesman for congressional Republicans said Clinton is acknowleding that Democrats haven't made much progress since the last time they tried to shake up the health care system.

"It's nice to finally hear Democrats admitting that they are re-running the failed Hillary-Care playbook from 1993," said Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "Before Democrats start casting blame for their inability to govern, they might want to begin by having a conversation with the dozens of members in their own caucus who refuse to get on board with Nancy Pelosi's government takeover because it increases costs, runs up the deficit, and is paid for with a small business tax."

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  1. Ed Florida

    The Insurance Companies are publically supporting health care reform. In private they provide "talking points" to Republican politicians to confuse, misstate, and spread fear. The Republicans are puppets of special interest. Their conduct is shameful.

    August 3, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Gerald

    Dear Bill , In case you did not notice the democrats have controlled congress since 2006. Is this a new tactic you learned from Obama , blame the other party for your own failures? By the way Bill maybe you were a little busy smoking cigars and mentoring interns when you were president to accomplish anything.

    August 3, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Obama 08/12

    Here's the simple truth: AMERICANS ARE DUMB. The GOP is ONLY concerned with the almighty dollar and people are too stupid to get it. If we don't fix this now, it's only going to get worse. Funny, those of you against spending any money on our own people have NO PROBLEM sending billions to Iraq (and losing some even). REALLY!?!?!?!

    August 3, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Danny, WA

    Bill, you are a failure for health care bill so do not bring it up. You keep quiet as you are retired now. Did democrats pay you to say it now? I heard that you are paid for every speech you make. Barack Obama is a radical president and he should be dumped as he came upo. It is very bad decision from us to elect him.

    August 3, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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