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President further distances himself from Obamacare 'doctor' pledge

President further distances himself from Obamacare 'doctor' pledge
Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

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


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Lies lies lies lies lies lies... and more lies.

But I will just use Exemption 13 of Obamacare...

"Your individual insurance plan was cancelled and you believe other Marketplace plans are unaffordable.".

Yep, hardship exemption 13 for all!

Hope for change in 2014. Time to retire alot of Democrats.

He tells so many lies that he can not keep up with all of them. We need more than just a new president, we need a whole new government.

I live in Alaska and his nose just crossed the boarder as he made this statement.

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