"Here's a guarantee that I've made: If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor."
This is an exact quote from President Obama's AARP meeting on Tuesday. The transcript is here. But a transcript shouldn't be necessary. The president has made the same detailed and absolute assurance on a half dozen occasions in the past few weeks. Only once was he pressed on it, by ABC's increasingly head-and-shoulders-above-the-rest-of-the-White-House-correspondents Jake Tapper, and the president deflected the question and quickly moved on.
The president has to flee from questions about these twin assurances that he routinely gives because they are not true. Have never been true. Cannot be made true.
Obamacare guarantees that tens of millions of Americans will see their insurance plan change as tens of thousands of employers evaluate the new post-radical rewrite health laws and determine that the so called "government option/public plan" makes more financial sense for them. Those tens of millions of employees will find themselves in a new insurance plan with new rules about what is and isn't covered, and new doctors in new networks. It will be up to the doctors to decide whether to accept patients with the new coverage, and as many have said on my program over this week and the month before it, they don't know if they will or not because they don't know the details of the pay schedules. Many doctors already refuse or limit the number of Medicare patients they accept because of low reimbursement rates. If doctors cannot pay their bills by seeing government plan patients, they won't see them.
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