Skip to comments.HHS Admits: You Might Not Be Able to Keep Your Doctor Under Obamacare
Posted on 07/19/2013 8:20:46 AM PDT by grundle
Flashback: "If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor," Obama said.
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.
Now that Health and Human Services has confirmed that the suspicions of Obamacare opponents were justified, the Obama administration will have some explaining to do to friends and foes of the law alike. Because now everyone is finding out "what's in it."
If you want to keep your doctor, you’ll have to kidnap him!
It’s just all part of the “tweaking” that Obama said would be required. (aka, LIES.)
Great to have this admission by HHS. But, we’ll still be able to keep our liberty and our Republic, right? RIGHT???
Article rightly points out that Obama GUARANTEED you could keep your Doctor.
Sebelius, I will keep my doctor, you keep your damned Obamacare.
You might not be able to have any doctor. Good luck everyone.
THIS CANT BE TRUE!!!!!!!!!
Obamacare has turned out to be: lie after lie after lie after lie.
If they pass the amnesty bill it will also be: lie after lie after lie after lie.
you can have one of the fresh off the boat Cuban Doctors
Maybe that witness in the Zimmerman trial, Jantell, will be a doctor by the time nobamacare happens. Good luck, everyone.
Would anyone care to explain the attributes of these so-called “networks” (are they the same as “exchanges?”) Why would some networks be better than others, and if there’s supposedly some minimum standards under the ACA, why wouldn’t a doctor want to be in as many networks as possible?
June 15, 2009 “We will keep this promise: If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”
We must have misunderstood. Or he didn’t explain it right. Or he was out of the loop. Or some rogue underling misled him. Or .....
“You might not be able to have any doctor. Good luck everyone.”
The best physicians will be reserved to care for the elites. For the rest of us going to see a doctor regarding a health condition will look like:
At first you may be able to see a foreign educated immigrant doctor from Cuba, Pakistan, India who cannot speak the language well and likely will not understand what you say.
Later only nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants will be available unless you have special access privileges determined by government bureaucrats.
Ultimately, particularly if you are elderly and no longer considered productive by society, you will see a bureaucrat who will give you end of life counseling and a pill.
Low level employees strike again :-( /s
stinkin effin liars!!! that is all they do to get their socialist programs into place and to steal from America’s productive sector. lie lie lie lie lie
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Will your doctor keep you !!
Four of mine have retired this year and the physical therapy office I go to just sent me a letter telling me they no longer take Medicare patients. Including current patients.
So far we have 100% lies from the Asshat in Chief about Obamacare. The only good news is that the idiot unions who supported him are getting bit in the ass, too.