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Obama to laud Clinton at White House ceremony after Obamacare critique

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Awkward? On the heels of former President Bill Clinton's very public rebuke of President Obama over Obamacare, Mr. Obama will award Mr. Clinton with the Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House next week.

The president will decorate Mr. Clinton with the nation's highest civilian honor for serving as the nation's 42nd president, and for his work more recently to promote global health through the Clinton Foundation.

On Tuesday, Mr. Clinton made headlines by calling on Mr. Obama to make good on his oft-stated promise that consumers can keep their health-insurance plans if they like them. Mr. Clinton said Mr. Obama should even consider changing the law if necessary.

Millions of consumers have received cancellation notices from their insurers in recent months because their current policies do not provide the coverage mandated by the law. In many cases, they are being forced to buy more expensive coverage.

Mr. Obama has apologized for the dilemma but hasn't said how he might provide a fix. The White House has not agreed to a change in the law, a move that many Democrats besides Mr. Clinton are urging.

Among the other Medal of Honor recipients who will attend the ceremony next week are former Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks and former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.

The White House had announced the list of recipients earlier, but officials on Wednesday revealed that the ceremony will take place Nov. 20.

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