Clinton praised Republicans and Democrats in the Arkansas Legislature for finding a way to work together on the insurance expansion.
"My view is Arkansas did a good thing, a bipartisan thing, a practical thing and the rest of us ought to get behind them and help them," he said.
Clinton spoke to a packed hall that included Beebe and lawmakers, including Republican legislative leaders who say they still oppose the health overhaul despite the state's plan to expand coverage.
"I continue to think the Affordable Care Act is bad policy for the country, but meanwhile I'm still convinced we did the right thing for Arkansas," House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, said after the speech.
Associated Press Writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report
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