Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bill Clinton says Republicans are promoting fear regarding universal health care

Bill Clinton: GOP promotes fear over health care
August 13, 2009

PITTSBURGH — Republicans have turned to terrifying people in the debate over overhauling the health care system because the GOP has no political clout to fight it, former President Bill Clinton told a gathering of progressive bloggers on Thursday.

Clinton was president when the Democrats made their last major effort to change the health care system. The big difference now, Clinton said, is that Democrats have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate as well as control of the House.

The former president called "crazy" the charges that promoting living wills and other end-of-life planning is somehow promoting death.

Clinton spoke at the opening session of the Netroots Nation convention, a gathering of politically progressive bloggers and other online activists.

He urged the crowd to support President Barack Obama on health care reform, along with climate change legislation and other reforms.

"The president needs your help and the cause needs your help," Clinton said. "We have to preserve this progress majority now."

However, he advised them that change may not come as fast as they want and that they may have to accept smaller victories as they continue to work for their goals...

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