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www.wmfd.com - Former President Bill Clinton is wading into the bamacare controversy as he says President Barack Obama should honor the vows he made on people being able to keep their existing coverage plans if they like them, even if it means changing the law. }}" />

   
 
 
Former President Clinton, Democrats Say Fix Obamacare

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  Original Published: 11/14/2013 Former President Bill Clinton is wading into the bamacare controversy. He says President Barack Obama should honor the vows he made on people being able to keep their existing coverage plans if they like them. Even if it means changing the law. Jim Acosta has more. When to comes to Obamacare, it' not just President Obama versus Republicans anymore. Even his most loyal Democrats in Congress say it's time to fix it. "I think we need to look at the political reality," says Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois. "We need to be open to constructive changes to make this law work better." One leading proposal from Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu would make the president keep his promise: "If you like your insurance plan you can keep it." Four fellow Democrats, including vilnerable incumbents up for re-election next year, have signed on. "It is very upsetting to someone who supported this bill to have it gummed up," sayd Sen. Landrieu. "But, I think it can be fixed." The Democratic defections picked up steam when former President Bill Clinton urged President Obama to stick to his plege. "So, I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got," said Clinton. White House officials say President Obama agrees, but they won't say what changes he will support. "So the president agrees, even if it takes a change in the law," asked CNN's Jim Acosta. "What, what I just said, Jim, is that the president has instructed his team to look at a range of options," answered White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The Obamacare fiasco has damaged the president's image. A new Quinnipiac Poll finds just 39 percent of Americans approve of the job he's doing. What's worse, 52 percent say they don't think the president is honest and trustworthy, his lowest numbers ever in that poll in both categories. "He is angry, he is right to be angry," says Larry Summers, former director of the National Economic Council. "He was not well-served by his colleagues in the administration." Former administration officials Larry Summers told CNN's Erin Burnett, the president and the White House have learned some important Obamacare lessons the hard way. "You need experts," says Summers. "You need to trust, but even more you need to verify. You can't go rushing the schedule when you get behind or you end up making more errors."
   
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