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So Now I Can’t Even Keep My Doctor?

November 21st, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Robert Laszewski:

Actually, here is what the President said at the American Medical Association Meeting in July, 2009––and likely lots more times:

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, your will keep your health plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.”

We have all heard this repeated many times before in recent weeks. But with the front-page story in the Washington Post this morning, “Health Insurers Limit Choices to Keep Costs Down,” it’s as if somebody rang a new bell this time focused on the “you will keep your doctor” part.

It’s not like we haven’t been talking about more narrow networks becoming a staple of the new health insurance exchanges.

It is as if some of this stuff is just starting to sink in.

Let. It. Sink.

To be fair, there’s no other choice now but to let people learn the hard way — as they’re already doing in the millions. ObamaCare is going into effect, even as Professor Wiggleroom does his best to violate his own law in hopes of somehow salvaging it. But the old plans aren’t coming back, and the insurance companies are putting the squeeze on their customers, exactly as envisioned and mandated by the law’s authors.

There are good fixes to be made, but two problems with any of them.

The first problem is the damage already done. Even if a fix were signed into law tomorrow, there would still be millions losing their coverage — and no fix could be implemented instantly.

The second problem is that there is no fix to ObamaCare that the Professor would actually sign. He wants more of the regressive same, when real change is what’s required.

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Notice how the media, even while pretending to hold Obama's feet to the fire, is subtly allowing the White House to change the record? I have yet to see a journalist, when faced with the explanation, "people who had the same policy before this was enacted can keep their insurance," point out the simple fact that this was not the promise. The promise was, you can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor, "period."

There was nothing about grandfathering in the promise and yet journalists, even journalists posing as adversarial, let that qualification slide.
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