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July 19, 2013 - 3:14 pm

The president’s two biggest selling points for Obamacare were the “guarantees” that you could keep your insurance plan if you liked it and that you could keep the doctor you were currently using. We discovered months ago that most insurance plans would have to be changed because they didn’t meet the requirements of coverage under Obamacare rules.

And now, the other shoe drops.

Weekly Standard:

As Obamacare was being pushed through Congress in 2010, the Obama administration and its allies were unequivocal in two claims: If you like your doctor and you like your current health care plan, you can keep them both. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and then-House speaker Nancy Pelosi backed the president fully in this regard. The White House even went so far as to post a “Health Insurance Reform Reality Check” on its website, where “Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform debunks the myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors.” President Obama upped the ante, putting the promise in the form of a “guarantee”:

THE PRESIDENT: Here is 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. Nobody is trying to change what works in the system. We are trying to change what doesn’t work in the system.

While there has been sniping back and forth between the administration and its detractors about the real-world application and implementation of Obamacare, the new Healthcare.gov website has taken some of the mystery out of the controversy. And President Obama and his administration do not fare well in this latest “reality check.” Among the questions that HHS recently added to the website: “Can I keep my own doctor?”:

“Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor.” The bottom line is that Obamacare guarantees neither. Doctors may be only available through certain networks, just as in the current system. And only plans that existed in their current form on March 23, 2010, are even eligible to be “kept.” The vast majority of plans will be new, subject to a raft of new regulations, requirements, and restrictions.

It’s a shame that we can’t arrest the Democrats for fraud — selling the American people Obamacare under false pretenses.

 

 

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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To all of the people who elected Borat Obama (piss-be-upon-him) TWICE, and those who advocated for this rolling abortion known as Obamacare (yes this means you AARP and all the good little labor union wh*res) I HOPE YOU CHOKE ON THIS ABOMINATION OF A BILL (all 26,000, and growing, pages of regulations pertaining to it)!
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We're going to end up with a 2-tiered system. The people who can afford it will be able to keep their doctor, and use ambulatory offices and private hospitals. That will probably be only the top 10% of income, and those government officials/union officials who will manipulate their way into that system. That group really won't see much change, just some higher premiums.
The remaining 90% will be thrown into a system very similar to the British NHS system: long waits for appointments and procedures, 3rd world sytle hospital stays, and death committees to deny care.
Well, that's what the people voted for in 2008 and 2010. And the people are going to get it, good and hard.
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To all of the people who elected Borat Obama (piss-be-upon-him) TWICE, and those who advocated for this rolling abortion known as Obamacare (yes this means you AARP and all the good little labor union wh*res) I HOPE YOU CHOKE ON THIS ABOMINATION OF A BILL (all 26,000, and growing, pages of regulations pertaining to it)!
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Well, the good news is...it's not a tax...oops.
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I might agree with your last sentence except for the fact that the People, with full knowledge that it was going to be a mess, reelected the very folks that created this mess; and I suspect they'd do it again even now.

It took several consecutive years of double digit inflation in the 70's to get people to reassess their assumptions and prejudices. It will take something that severe, at least, to affect a similar rethinking. The People are a stiff-necked lot.
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Yes...kinda like the folks in Detriot, right? Forgive me but my "sympathy thimble" is already full. The army has a term for this: BOHICA
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