A Bill Clinton gaffe on health care, and Trump pounces

US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with former president Bill Clinton as they walk off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on September 30, 2016Bill Clinton created fresh problems for his presidential candidate wife when he criticized the way US health care works under Barack Obama’s reforms as “crazy,” prompting Republican Donald Trump to seize on the misstep. The former president has a reputation for speaking in a more freewheeling style than Democrat Hillary Clinton does on the campaign trail, and his remarks in Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday created a hiccup for his wife at a critical phase in the White House race just five weeks from Election Day on November 8. Bill Clinton had sought to explain the shortcomings of the complex US system of health care coverage under both public and private insurance.

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