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Bill Clinton Opens Up About Hand Tremor

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Former President Bill Clinton smiles on the first tee of the Palmer Private Course at PGA West during the first round of the Humana Challenge PGA golf tournament Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) | AP

Former President Bill Clinton opened up Thursday about a "little tremor" he's dealt with in his hand over the last few years.

"I have a condition that sometimes you get with aging," Clinton said while speaking at an event associated with the Humana Challenge golf tournament, which is sponsored by the Clinton Foundation. "You may have noticed it; my hand has a little tremor when I'm tired and a lot of people do when they're older."

Clinton revealed his initial worry that the tremor could be related to Parkinson's, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and sometimes starts with slight tremor in one hand.

"The first time it happened, I had to go get myself checked to make sure I didn't have Parkinson's [disease]," Clinton said.

Clinton said he was "so relieved" to find out he did not have Parkinson's, he "didn't care how much it shook after that."

Clinton also spoke about health care at the event, making some big predictions about how Obama's health care law will be received in his second term.

"I think that in the next four years, how this health care bill is implemented will determine whether people see it as I do: as a big step forward -- assuming we implement it right -- or whether they have their fears confirmed because they don't like the way it's implemented and they think it's more trouble and less good," Clinton said, noting he supported the law "because it was right -- end of story."

After the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Clinton said he told Obama, "Nobody owes me anything. I'm going back to do my foundation. If I can ever help you, call me, and if you don't, it’s fine with me."

Clinton also bragged on Obama's golf game during the event, despite the fact that the president had to quit a recent game early.

"We played thirteen holes at Andrews Air Force Base the other day, before he had to leave as a result of being reelected and getting ready for the inauguration, the legislature coming in and everything -- the Congress coming in," Clinton said. "He had the lowest score by far he'd ever shot at Andrews."

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