Obama’s 2010 ‘Guarantee’ That Patients Get To Keep Their Doctors Now Downgraded To ‘Maybe’


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has added a questions and answers section about the rollout of Obamacare to its new Healthcare.gov website. Intended to serve as a sort of customer service triage to handle common concerns about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will work, the page functions as a sort of Obamacare FAQ.

Under the section headed by the question “Can I Keep my own doctor?” is this response:

Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor.

Different plans have different networks and providers

Most health insurance plans offered in the Marketplace have networks of hospitals, doctors, specialists, pharmacies, and other health care providers. Networks include health care providers that the plan contracts with to take care of the plan’s members. Depending on the type of policy you buy, care may be covered only when you get it from a network provider.

Pretty straightforward. You need to see an in-network doctor to be covered, and maybe the doctor you already have will be in that network. Maybe he or she won’t.

The key part is the “maybe.”

Back in 2010, President Barack Obama answered early criticisms about how the ACA would adversely affect patient choice by promising – nay, by guaranteeing:

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.

That promise was further buttressed by the Administration’s online effort to “debunk… the myth” that the ACA would compel patients to switch insurers or doctors in order to be eligible for coverage.

In three years’ time, Obama’s guarantee has wilted into a “maybe.” The President has three more years to deflate his health care promises even further.

H/T Weekly Standard

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  • Jim

    Another item you have to look at is as follows:

    Will your doctor still be practicing. I myself know of two doctors who have discontinued their practices. It no longer pencils out for them.

    More and more negatives will be found out about this bad legislation as time passes. We can only hope that the members of congress grows a set of balls and manages to defund obamacare. People retired and using medicare will be screwed unfortunately as they belong to the group that uses medical care the most.

    So obama, rot in hell, you have been totally screwing this country since you have been in office.

    • Vis Fac

      Perhaps this is the DUMBOCRITIC plan for population control which means more for those in power. The elderly will NOT receive proper care as the “death panels” will only allow for less expensive “comfort medications” rather than expensive life saving measures. This falls in line with their abortion policies toward population control which is their endgame.

      • merle

        If you are over 65 unless you are a politician you won’t get extra care but pain medication till you die .Which in some cases won’t take long. That is what this democratic party is, population decreasers.They don’t care one iota about someones life.Look at what Hillary Clinton said about the Bengazi attack ” What difference does it make”She( Democrat) refused to send them help when they were begging for it.And that was some of their own!!!!!

    • merle

      Go Jim!!

  • BTeboe

    This entire Obamacare debacle has been nothing but a bait and switch. I wonder if the guys who named it The Affordable Care Act are laughing their @sses off.

  • ramblinman1

    Speaking of the members of Congress. This is one of the reasons we need term limits. The Congress persons as well as the President are only worried about their party. What can we do to win the next election. If the truth be known; the voters will vote for the person that does what the voter wants, not what the party wants. Too many are worried about the 47% and not the 53% that pay the taxes.

    • Vis Fac

      You are NEVER going to have congress impose term limits on themselves to rely on that would be tantamount to having an arsonist extinguish a house fire. The ONLY way to instill term limits is vote every second term congressman/woman and senator out of office THEN author a bill to set term limits If that doesn’t work then vote them out again

  • John Woodbury

    So, he lied. Did you expect the truth from him? And yet we the people voted him in again. Romney offered jobs, President Obama offered freebies, see who won.

  • Michael Cameron

    The promise was made about those who are keeping their current plans, which is about 85% of the American people. Thanks includes me and probably most of your readers If you get a new plan, or enroll for the first time, naturally there is no guarantee that your present doctor will continue to serve you. You’re deliberately mixing up two different situations.

    By the way, did you all read the news this week about the cost of health care in New York State? Thanks to Obamacare and the free market competition it fosters, insurance rates are down 50%. California has seen similar reductions.

    Obamacare – bring it on!

    • k5r4

      Correct Michael. I called another HMO health insurance company to ascertain its policy. I asked if that HMO operates like Kaiser – when your primary doctor refers patients to a specialist, the patient does not have to contact the health insurance company to ascertain if the specialist is in their network & does not have to obtain permission to receive treatment from the specialist. I was told no other health insurance company operates the way kaiser does, that I would have to contact that insurance company to receive permission, the company is closed on Saturday & Sunday, if one receives treatment from a specialist not in their network, the patient must pay 100% of treatment cost. In otherwords, one has to jump through hoops to receive treatment.

      • Michael Cameron

        Right – this has been the way HMOs have been for decades. Obamacare doesn’t directly address this, because HMOs are almost always employer provided. Hopefully the entire system will benefit from the increased competition in ways we haven’t anticipated yet.

        The steep rises in health care costs has been slowing the last few years, 20 somethings have been allowed to remain on their parent’s plans if they are not yet fully improved, and the pre-existing conditions clause takes affect in Jan. 2014. Just the prospect of this policy finally ending has caused many insurers to loosen the rules already.

        I was told 3 years ago the the government would be taking over my health care, and that the death panels would be in full operation by now. Hmmmm…wonder what happened?

    • Vis Fac

      What planet are you living on? Heath care costs in the Peoples Republic of Commiefornia have not gone down (nor anywhere else for that matter) ODUMBOCARE is an excuse for all insurance companies to RAISE prices because ODUMBOCARE guarantees higher rates with lower coverage. If you want to know why health care costs are so high look no further than the ambulance chasing Trial Lawyers Association. Their motto sue-sue-sue (and we get rich in the process) to get what’s coming to you (after our cut). Unfortunately congress is mostly made up of one dimensional trial lawyers.