, Newburyport, MA


November 15, 2013

The why of Clinton's advice


Debate the issues involved as one might, what stands out at this moment are the errors in the Affordable Care Act. Considering the turbulence that led to the passage of a bill so large and so complicated that the bulk of those voting did so, support for or against the law has been on party lines.

That is no longer the case.

Reaction to what was supposed to be Obama’s major contribution of his presidency, small wonder the concerns of Washington’s Democratic office holders.

What is not known is whether Clinton’s advice was independent of Obama’s awareness.

The two have been close, and the list of Clinton’s suggestions to Obama over time is substantial.

There is a difference, however.

Hillary is no longer Secretary of State, and a second run to become our first woman president lies just ahead.

What remains unclear is whether Bill Clinton’s call for action — “ ... even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got” — was no surprise to Obama.

Given their relationship, that might well have been the case.

If not, Clinton is looking to what lies ahead for Democrat candidates in general, but for Hillary in particular.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His email address is

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
"The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans