Obama: No, You Can't Necessarily Keep Your Doctor

Posted: Mar 14, 2014 12:15 PM

The president made a stunning admission today during his widely-anticipated interview with WebMD -- namely, some Americans might have to switch doctors under the “Affordable” Care Act.

But before we get to the clip, let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

“First, no matter what’ve you’ve heard, if you like your doctor -- or health care plan -- you can keep it.”

That’s about as clear and unambiguous as the president could possibly be: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period. However, the president subtly shifted the goalposts today by suggesting it’s possible some Americans might lose their doctors at some point. From WFB:

“For the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices. And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they’re saving money.”

Even if Americans save money by switching doctors -- a big "if" -- that was not the promise. The promise was not ‘if Obamacare becomes federal law, it's possible families and individuals might be forced to change doctors in order to save money.’ On the contrary, the promise was simple: the sacred doctor-patient relationship would not be tampered with under Obamacare. We now know, of course, that's not necessarily true.

Even so, it’s still galling to hear the president admit as much publicly. I wonder if other Democrats will follow suit.

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