Former President Bill Clinton ignited a mini-firestorm on Mondaywhen he slammed the post-Obamacare U.S. health care system as "thecraziest thing in the world."

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The comment seemed to be a devastating attack on PresidentBarack Obama's signature domestic achievement, which is stronglysupported by his wife, Democratic presidential nominee HillaryClinton.

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After a day of conservatives drawing attention to the lines,Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump triedto feed the furor with a tweet: "Wow, did you just hear BillClinton's statement on how bad ObamaCare is. Hillary not happy. AsI have been saying, REPEAL AND REPLACE!"

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While it was hardly the first time Bill Clinton wascareless with his words and caused a headache for hiswife, a close reading of the former president's remarkssuggests he was not attempting to condemn the entiresystem, just the ways it has failed certain people.

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Bill Clinton said the current system "works fine" for seniorseligible for Medicare, lower-income people eligible for Medicaid(which the ACA expanded to cover those making up to 138 percent ofthe federal poverty level), and middle-income people eligible forsubsidies (covering people from 138 percent to 400 percent of thepoverty line).

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Related: Obama administration wants more scrutiny of ACApremium hikes

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But those who make "just a little too much" money to qualify forsubsidies, he said, are "getting killed" under the new system.

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"You've got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 millionmore people have health care, and then the people who are out therebusting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiumsdoubled and their coverage cut in half," Clinton said at a rally inFlint, Michigan, on behalf of his wife. "It's the craziest thing inthe world."

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The cost of a health plan sold on the ACA's exchanges is goingup by about 25 percent for next year, according to ACASignups.net.While about 9.4 million people get subsidies to help them affordObamacare plans, Clinton's remarks focused on the millions whodon't get government help.

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There are at least 8.6 million people buying coverage in theindividual market currently without any subsidies, though some maybe eligible for help and not know it. The costs they face varywidely by where they live.

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Related: Trump plan could cut health care for 25million

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In Seattle, Washington, for instance, a 40-year-old would pay$232 a month for the lowest-cost mid-level plan next year,according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. A similar,"silver"-level plan would cost $425 a month in New York City.

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But silver plans carry hefty deductibles. Last year, forinstance, silver plans had an average deductible of about $3,000,according to the foundation. Still, limits in the Affordable CareAct on out-of-pocket costs have helped reduce spending on average,said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at Kaiser.

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"If anything, the ACA has reduced out-of-pocket costs, ratherthan increased them,'' he said. "But they're still a challenge forpeople, particularly those not eligible for cost-sharingsubsidies.''

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Democrats, including Obama, have acknowledged that the law hasproblems. Hillary Clinton has proposed policies to help cushion thepain her husband identified. She's called for bigger subsidiesunder the ACA and tax credits to help individuals with highhealth-care costs.

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"With respect to the Affordable Care Act, I've been saying we'vegot to fix what's broken and keep what works," Hillary Clinton toldreporters Tuesday, hitting Trump's repeal plan as that one thatwould "all of a sudden go back to the days where insurancecompanies could deny you coverage because of a preexistingcondition."

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Bill Clinton tried to clean up his remarks at a rallyTuesday.

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"Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, andthe 50-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans havestaged were a terrible mistake," he said in Athens, Ohio. "We for the firsttime in our history at least are providing insurance to more than90 percent of our people."

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