Sen. Barrasso Falsely Suggests Bill Clinton Supports Health Care Repeal

December 14, 2010 1:14 pm ET

Appearing on Fox News' America's Newsroom, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) took remarks by former President Bill Clinton out of context to suggest that Clinton would support Barrasso's statement that the health care reform law "is not the way to go for this country." In fact, while Clinton suggested that the Affordable Care Act could be improved, he simultaneously stated that "it's worth fighting against" its repeal. 

Sen. Barrasso Suggests Clinton's Criticisms Of Health Care Law Support Repeal Effort

Sen. Barrasso:

You know, it's interesting, former President Clinton was at the White House just on Friday with the press conference with President Obama, and President Obama left and Bill Clinton said, you know, he said he could off the top of his head think of four or five things that he would do to change the health care law. This is a bill and now a law that is not the way to go for this country. It is harmful, it is going to lead significantly to huge expenses, and I think it's actually not going to make health care any better and really, worse. [America's Newsroom, 12/14/10]

Clinton Explicitly Urged "Fighting Against The Repeal" Of Health Care Reform

Clinton: "It's Worth Fighting Against The Repeal Of The Health Care Law." From the White House press conference with Bill Clinton to which Sen. Barrasso referred:

Q    What's the political fight worth having?  What would you tell Democrats the political fight worth having is right now?

FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON:  Well, I think it's worth fighting against the repeal of the health care law.  I would be in favor -- and I can give you four or five things off the top of my head I think should be done to improve it. [, 12/10/10]

Clinton Urged Health Care Passage, Noting, "There Is No Perfect Bill."  From the Associated Press:

Former President Bill Clinton told anxious Senate Democrats on Tuesday to pass a health care bill soon because the U.S. economy can't resist the toxic combination of exorbitant medical costs and nearly 50 million uninsured for much longer. 

"My argument was that this is an economic imperative," Clinton said after the closed-door meeting. 

Addressing Democrats' insecurities about the complex legislation, Clinton said he told the senators "there is no perfect bill -- you'll always have unintended consequences. There will be amendments to this next year. But the worst thing to do is nothing." [Associated Press, 11/10/09]