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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bill Clinton to promote rollout of Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

click to enlarge REMEMBER HARRY AND LOUISE? They helped scuttle Clinton's health plan in 1993.
  • REMEMBER HARRY AND LOUISE? They helped scuttle Clinton's health plan in 1993.
Former President Bill Clinton will speak from the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center at 10 a.m. next Wednesday on health care.

A press release says he'll speak on  "the critical role a high quality, affordable and accessible health care system plays in the United States and any country's economic and social well being."

The release notes the remarks "will take place less than one month before the opening of the Affordable Care Act's Insurance Marketplaces." It notes, too, Clinton's long interest. His own health care plan went down in flames shortly after he took office in 1993. His speech will be streamed live on his foundation website.

In other words, the Big Dog is going to join the campaign to turn around public opinion poisoned by the relentless Republican/Tea Party attack on Obamacare. That he does so in Arkansas may only be coincidental, but it will be useful here to statewide candidates Mike Ross and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, both of whom have been labeled, accurately or not, Obama stooges by their Republican challengers. He speaks, too, in the run up to important congressional budget votes in which a solid slice of extremist Republicans (Tom Cotton and Tim Griffin potentially in that number) who would rather shut down government than expand health care to millions of Americans.

SPEAKING OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS: Union defense workers at the Pine Bluff Arsenal will have a press call this morning to urge Griffin to rethink his apparent support for the shutdown. He was among 80 Republican congressmen who threatened a shutdown if Obamacare is funded. They say a government "will hurt Arkansas defense workers, military and middle class families who have already been hit by unpaid furloughs as a result of Congressman Griffin’s votes."

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