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Bill Clinton: Obama Should Honor "If You Like It, You Can Keep It" Promise

Former President Bill Clinton said, "Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment" to let people keep their health insurance.

Posted on November 12, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. ET


Update at 2:50 p.m. ET

Asked if President Obama agreed with Clinton's comment, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "I think as you saw the president say in an interview with NBC last week, the answer is yes. The president has tasked his team with looking at a range of options, as he said, to make sure that nobody is put in a position where their plans have been cancelled and they can't afford a better plan even though they'd like to have a better plan. So you heard the president address this very issue in his interview last week."

Former President Bill Clinton said he believes President Obama should honor the promise he made that people who liked their healthcare coverage could keep it under the Affordable Care Act.

"So I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got," Clinton said in an interview with Ozymandias.

Obama apologized last week to people who have seen their health care plans canceled by insurers under the Affordable Care Act.

Clinton's comment immediately took off online, topping the Drudge Report Tuesday morning.

Clinton, who has been used by White House to explain the benefits of the health care law, also said, "The big lesson is that we're better off with this law than without it."

He then named three problems he saw with the law: the rocky enrollment period due to the faulty website; states with Republican governors not taking Medicaid money; and that some young people cannot keep existing health insurance plans.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.