(CNN) - It was a promise made by President Barack Obama that first surfaced in the selling of his sweeping health care initiative and eventually required a public apology and new rules to fix after the measure became law.
"If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too,” Obama promised in a 2009 weekly address and numerous other times throughout his first term.
The declaration underwent its first revision in early November 2013.
“If you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really like that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” Obama said in a speech to supporters of the Affordable Care Act.
Now in an interview posted Friday on the medical website WebMD, Obama changed his rhetoric on this issue yet again - further distancing himself from his infamous pledge.
“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,” Obama said in response to a question about limited provider networks.
He went on to point out that the same would be true for individuals whose employers decided to change their provider to help get “a better deal” or lower premiums.
“The good news is, in most states people have more than one option,” Obama went on. “And what they'll find, I think, is their doctor or network or hospital that's conveniently located is probably in one of those networks,” he said.
“Now, you may find out that that network's more expensive than another network. Then you've got to make a choice in terms of what's right for you family. Do you want to save on cost or do you want to save on convenience?” he said