When President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, he said she's the person best suited to perpetuate his legacy on major issues like healthcare.
Hillary has referred often to the president's endorsement, looking to capitalize on his late-term popularity as she remains locked in a tight race with Republican nominee Donald Trump.
But while Obama and Hillary are on the same page, former President Bill Clinton is apparently not. The two-term Democrat raised eyebrows and spurred nervous chatter among supporters on Oct. 3 when he reportedly called Obamacare "the craziest thing in the world," CNN reports.
Bill offered his thoughts while stumping for his wife at a rally in Flint, Michigan. The former president said that while Obamacare extends health insurance to more Americans, small business owners and middle class earners "are getting whacked" by increased healthcare costs.
"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," Bill said. "It's the craziest thing in the world."
The solution, Bill said, is to get more people on government subsidies. Under his wife's administration, he said, people who don't qualify for subsidies would be able to "buy in" to public healthcare.
"On the other hand, the current system works fine if you're eligible for Medicaid, if you're a lower-income working person; if you're already on Medicare, or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your health care," Bill continued. "But the people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies."
Angel Urena, a press secretary for Bill Clinton, denied that his boss was attacking Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.
"President Clinton spoke about the importance of the ACA and the good it has done to expand coverage for millions of Americans," Urena said. "And while he was slightly short-handed, it's clear to everyone, including President Obama, that improvements are needed."
Reaction on Twitter ranged from confused to amused.
"Just delicious," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted on Oct. 4. "Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare as 'craziest thing in the world.'"
On Oct. 1, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that the cost of individual insurance plans could spike by as much as 67 percent in 2017, following increases of up to 49 percent in 2016. While health insurance companies threaten to pull out of entire markets, blaming Obamacare for billions in losses, Rothman said the increased premiums are "unsustainable and unfair," according to Fox News.
“This year the need for reform is now without any doubt even more serious and urgent,” Rothman said.