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Clinton: Hillary Will Be ‘Happiest Person in America’ if Health Care Passes

Former President Bill Clinton may have visited with Senate Democrats on Tuesday to discuss climate change, but he left the meeting talking effusively about the need to pass health care reform.

Moments after leaving the Democrats’ weekly luncheon, where he was invited by Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) to talk about climate change legislation, Clinton emphasized the need to move health care reform past the finish line in the coming days. He said nobody will be celebrating the bill’s passage more than the Clintons — not President Barack Obama, not White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — in part because his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, unsuccessfully took on the issue on during his presidency.

“Maybe Hillary will be the happiest person in America. I’ll be the second happiest person. Even more than President Obama, even more than Rahm, even more than all the people that have been laboring over this forever. I just want it to pass and I think it will,” Clinton told reporters.

Clinton said the final bill “doesn’t have to be perfect” since lawmakers will have to keep working on the issue for years to come. He also cited a January study by Harvard and University of Southern California economists that found “any version of these bills we’re batting around” will lead to as many as 400,000 jobs per year.

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