President further distances himself from Obamacare ‘doctor’ pledge
March 14th, 2014
06:19 PM ET
9 years ago

President further distances himself from Obamacare ‘doctor’ pledge

(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.

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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

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. ada ada

    "further distancing himself from his infamous pledge."

    CNN Liberals,

    "distancing from pledge" = LYING...Wise up and use the right word (instead of squirming and euphemising the Lie all cuz its your Liberal messiah...LOL)

    March 14, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. love344

    nice try CNN... as you move further to the RIGHT...........but what the President said made sense ...

    March 14, 2014 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. therichness

    He was saying you might switch doctors if it's less expensive. Every health insurance policy has in-network and out-of-network prices for different doctors and hospitals. This is nothing new in the insurance world, and it's certainly not something Obama is responsible for affecting.

    March 14, 2014 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. karen503

    “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?”
    That was obvious to me even before reading the first paragraph. OF COURSE you might have to change doctors, if your first choice is more interested in the $$$ than keeping you as a patient and maintaining the continuity of care.

    March 14, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Smitty

    Hey BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR, its your lie not anyone elses but yours bumbles. What an embarrassment Obumbles turned out to be.

    March 14, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |

    LIE after LIE after LIE after LIE.

    Obama is just one big LIE.

    March 14, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Stuffitu

    HE LIED. PELOSi LIED, REID LIED. All democrat liberal "progressives" lied.

    March 14, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    -absolutely nothing wrong with it. Do you dream that GOP idiots instigate to curb it by companies? It is nonsense, be happy at least you have insurance now. Insurances can not deny you. So what, if not this doctor there are lot of others you can visit. Nothing wrong. It not WMD lie. It is not Trickle-down loot.

    March 14, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    0bama should be jailed for the lies he has told ! A man is no better than his word . And you know he had something to do with the IRS to ! You will never get a im sorry 0ut of this prez .Anyway we kn0w he is just that .

    March 14, 2014 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. HenryMiller

    So the lying twit has at least quit lying about not lying.

    March 14, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. jenn,philadelphia

    "What I said was..." Honestly, if George Orwell weren't dead, I'd think he was writing for this Administration. I guess saying "you can't keep your plan, or your doctor and it will probably cost you more" wouldn't have been as good a sales pitch.

    March 14, 2014 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. DENNA

    President Obama made that pledge without realizing the extent insurance companies would go to screw him. A lot of these people are GOP "business" types. So, yeah, they relished yanking the rug out from under all of those people who they now have to insure no matter what. Let it go. President Obama isn't running for anything and those who are running are not responsible for what he said.

    March 14, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. milagros

    The 'pre-existing conditions' language was all we needed. The other 2,000 pages of government over-reach turned it into a major mess.

    March 14, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Wes

    I honestly cannot believe this idiot is president.

    March 15, 2014 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  15. jay redd

    Anyone who believes this flim-flam con man is a fool. Every time he opens his mouth he's lying. Awful.

    March 15, 2014 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  16. jay redd

    Now CNN is censoring opinions. Too bad the liberal media don't see the type of lying coming out of our government is going to get them too.

    March 15, 2014 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  17. Sheila

    PolitiFact lie of the year. And no amount of rhetorical spin out of this man will ever change that. A lie will always be exactly that: a lie.

    March 15, 2014 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  18. croaton999

    We can never really understand the broken promises. It's just another lie.

    March 15, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  19. Bigdoglv

    He either lied or didn't know. Not good either way.

    March 15, 2014 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  20. Steve- Illinois

    "Forget about what I said yesterday, it's what I say today that counts."

    March 15, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  21. Lizzie

    He forgot to tell Sebelius, because she is telling everyone that premiums WILL go up not down.

    March 15, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. smith

    Obama is just a puppet, it`s Carter, Soros, political donors, and other wealthy liberals who are pushing this junk.

    March 15, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Fair is Fair


    So the lying twit has at least quit lying about not lying.
    Yeah... what Henry said... at least he's BEGUN to stop lying about lying. But he's knee deep in it.

    March 15, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |