Former President Bill Clinton had some harsh criticisms for the GOP during an interview with George Stephanopoulos at the Clinton Global Initiative this past week, accusing the party of “begging for America to fail.”
“They so badly want it [Obamacare] to fail,” said Clinton during the interview that was aired Sunday on ABC‘s ‘This Week.’ “I have never seen — can you remember a time in your lifetime where a major political party was sitting around begging for America to fail?”
Regarding potential negotiations with between Obama and the GOP on the upcoming debt limit, the former Democratic President said that Obama should refuse any delay to his healthcare bill, and that he should also refuse to negotiate with Republicans on budget cuts relevant to the GOP farm bill.
“There’s nothing to negotiate with,” said Clinton. “He [Obama] shouldn’t delay the health care bill. If I were the president, I wouldn’t negotiate over these draconian cuts, they’re taking food off the table of low income working people while they leave all the agriculture subsidies in for high-income farmers. I think it’s chilling to me, almost spiteful.”
On Saturday, House Republicans unveiled a new bill that includes a one-year delay of Obamacare implementation, which is currently set to begin on Oct. 1. The bill would provide enough money to fund the government until mid-December, and would also remove a tax on medical devices from the current healthcare legislation.