- Bill Clinton called Obamacare the "craziest thing in the word," then sought to revise his remarks
- Lanhee Chen says Clinton's criticism is right but the Clintons' proposed fix of a public option isn't
- A public option, he says, would shift costs to taxpayers but what's needed is more innovation in healthcare funding
Lanhee J. Chen is a CNN Political Commentator and the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He was the policy director of the Romney-Ryan 2012 campaign and served as Governor Mitt Romney's chief policy adviser. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Bill Clinton raised some eyebrows on the campaign trail Monday when he declared that Obamacare "is the craziest thing in the world." He assailed the law for escalating health care costs and decreasing health plan choices amongst middle-income Americans. The critique of Obamacare, which was entirely accurate, was surprising particularly because it puts his wife -- an ardent defender of the law -- in an awkward political position going into Sunday's second presidential debate.