President Barack Obama has finally admitted what many Americans worried about all along as Democrats in Congress pushed through Obamacare: they may not be able to keep their doctor.
Obamacare opponents warned about death panels and health care rationing under Obamacare as the president and his Democratic allies pushed the legislation through Congress. Now that the implementation of Obamacare is in full swing, some of those concerns are coming to fruition as some patients like this man are almost dying because of the disastrous effects of Obamacare.
One of the many ways in which rationing occurs is by limiting a patient’s choice of doctor. In 2009, President Obama promised the American people they could keep their doctor under Obamacare.
Now, Obama is admitting that may not be the case. (transcript follows)
“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 an interview with the medical website WebMD.
“But that’s true if your employer suddenly decides we think this network’s going to give a better deal, we think this is going to help keep premiums lower, you’ve got to use this doctor as opposed to that one, this hospital as opposed to that one. The good news is in most states people have more than one option and what they’ll find, I think, is that their doctor or network or hospital that’s conveniently located is probably in one of those networks. Now, you may find out that that network’s more expensive than another network. And then you’ve got to make a choice in terms of what’s right for your family.”
Contrast that with his words from July 2009: “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.”