MANHATTAN - The Clinton Global Initiative hosted a high-powered gathering in Manhattan last night.
President Barack Obama, fresh off an address to the United Nations, tried to clear up some of the confusion about his landmark health care law in a conversation with former President and Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton. During a question and answer session last night in Manhattan, sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, Obama compared his plan to those in other countries which have universal health care. "If we spent the same amount of money on health care that Canada or France or Great Britain did or Japan or any other industrialized country, with the same outcomes or better outcomes, that essentially would remove our structural deficit," says Obama.
The White House has planned a series of speeches and pitches for the Affordable Care Act in the coming months. Enrollment begins on Oct. 1 and closes March 31.
Also at the event, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked her thoughts about having a woman in the White House. The potential presidential candidate in 2016 gave a very crafty answer, "That is a question I will answer taking myself totally out of it. It is, for me, part of a larger mission to expand political participation and leadership among women around the world."
Stealing the show however was rock star Bono. The U2 front man gave a dead-on impression of former president Clinton during a delay in the program. The former president took it all in good fun, joking "I must be really easy to make fun of."