Bill Clinton: Obamacare Will 'Empower People to Have Better Life Stories'

By Susan Jones | September 4, 2013 | 12:42 PM EDT

Former President Bill Clinton (AP Photo)

( - Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that the role of government is to “empower people to have better life stories” by working with the private sector, NGOs, and citizens, and Obamacare helps achieve that goal.

"I have believed all my life that the role of government was to work with the private sector and non-governmental groups and communities and ordinary citizens, essentially to empower people to have better life stories. And that's what this whole issue is about," Clinton said in a speech explaining Obamacare in Little Rock, Ark.

The former president’s speech was streamed live from the White House website.

"I have agreed to give this talk today, because I'm still amazed at how much misunderstanding there is about the current system of health care -- how it works, how it compares with what other people in other countries pay for health care, and what kind of results they get, and what kind of changes are actually occurring now and are going to occur in the future,” Clinton said.

"So I have done something unusual for me. I actually wrote this thing out," Clinton said, waving a copy of his speech. "I am going to try to use very few adjectives, explain how this works, what's been done, what hasn't been done -- talk about the remarkable work that's been done in Arkansas... and what lies ahead.

"And I'm going to argue as best I can that we'd all be a lot better off, whether we support or oppose the health care reform law, whether we like it or don't, we'd all be better off working together to make it work as well as possible, to identify the problems and to fix them, instead of to keep replaying the same old battle. That's my belief, and I hope I can persuade you that that is correct,” he added.

Clinton said political leaders "all over America are just trying to figure out what's best for the people and get the job done."