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November 15, 2013

The why of Clinton's advice

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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.

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Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His email address is plantejr@comcast.net.

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