When OZY sat down with President Clinton, one of the things we were most interested to hear was his impression of the recent national health care rollout. Here’s what he had to tell us.
1. The country is better off with the Affordable Care Act than without it.
2. The enrollment website problems are not unlike enrollment issues during the Bush administration’s Medicare drug benefit rollout in 2006. Even though it was less complicated, it was considered a disaster – but in time, it was fixed.
The most popular OZY story of 2013 made its worldwide debut on November 12, 2013. It also appeared on NPR, CNN, the Drudge Report, CBS, ABC and numerous other media outlets, kicking off a national debate about President Obama’s promise that people could keep their healthcare plans if they wanted to. It wasn’t long afterward that the healthcare policy was adjusted to allow just that.
3. People living in states with Republican governors who took advantage of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow them to opt out of the healthcare law’s Medicaid provision are going to experience a bizarre situation. Individuals with incomes between 133 and 400 percent of the poverty level can buy insurance at new, lower premiums, but working people with incomes under 133 percent of the poverty level will have no coverage. This will then stress hospital emergency rooms. Once this becomes evident, more and more states will flip their position and join the program.
4. “If you like what you’ve got, you can keep it.” This is a promise young people heard clearly, and it’s one President Obama needs to keep — even if it requires a change in the law.
Watch the video to hear more, and use the comments to let us know how you would grade the Obamacare rollout, and whether you agree with Clinton’s perspective.
Catch up on part one of our interview , where the president describes the best advice he ever got during his time as Commander in Chief. Coming up in part three: How expecting more from our politicians is the key to ending government gridlock.
Why you should care
Few people have spent more time thinking about how to make national health care a reality. Listen to President Clinton sum up some of the thorniest aspects of Obamacare, and what about it needs to change.