- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 6, 2016

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Thursday said “even the truth happens” sometimes with Bill and Hillary Clinton, in the wake of former President Clinton’s calling the health care system under Obamacare the “craziest thing in the world” earlier this week.

“Well, sometimes with the Clintons, even the truth happens,” Mr. Pence said on “Fox and Friends” when asked for his reaction to the former president’s comments.

“Bill Clinton said what millions of Americans have known for years, and that is we need to repeal Obamacare lock, stock, and barrel. Donald Trump and I are committed to doing that,” he said.

“For Bill Clinton to point out that this is a crazy plan that has resulted in premiums skyrocketing around the country and people literally not being able to keep the insurance they like, not being able to keep the doctor they like — I think it represents an extraordinary moment of candor, but it’s a great contribution to Donald Trump’s message that we’ve got to repeal Obamacare, and we’ll do that once he arrives in the Oval Office,” Mr. Pence said.

Donald Trump’s campaign and other Republicans have seized on the remarks from the former president, made earlier this week while campaigning for Mrs. Clinton in Michigan.

“So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care, and then the people [who] are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” Mr. Clinton said.

“It’s the craziest thing in the world,” he said.

Mr. Clinton has since tried to clean things up, saying President Obama’s signature law did “a world of good.” But he also said some small business owners and employees still make too much money to qualify for Medicaid or tax incentives, and they can’t get affordable premiums in a lot of places because they’re not in “big pools” and have no bargaining power.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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