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Bill Clinton: Republicans "Begging For America To Fail"

STEPHANOPOULOS: I was really struck by something Lindsay Graham said– the other day. He said, “From now on, after Tuesday’s meeting, I’m gonna call it Clintoncare. If it’s a huge success, Hillary Clinton will win the presidency. If it’s the failure I think it’s going to be, then she needs to own the result of embracing this bill.” How worried are you about that for 2016?

BILL CLINTON: Not at all. Not at all. There are some similarities in his bill and the one we proposed. If they pass our bill, health care would be less expensive and higher quality today and would cover more people, because you just delay. I think this– this bill’s already produced a lot of good results and every– look, they are desperate for this bill to fail, because if it’s not a failure, their whole– everything they’ve been telling us since 1980 that government’s bad is wrong. They so badly want it to fail–

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But so many Americans–

BILL CLINTON: I’ve never seen a time– can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail? And it’s interesting, because there were serious problems with implementing the– the Bush senior drug program. And they all voted for it, but they didn’t want to own it, because the government was somehow involved in it.
The Democrats, instead of saying, “Delay it. Repeal it.” They say, “Okay, we still think you should have paid for it, but we’ll help you implement it. We’ll figure out how to do it.” That– that’s the difference. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails–

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