OPINION: Wall Street Journal Editorial: ObamaCare In Translation

December 9, 2013

#BROKENPROMISES ALERT

#Obamacare Architect Confirms “If You Like Your Doctor…” Is Just Another #BrokenPromise

Secretary Sebelius to Testify WEDNESDAY

More than five million people have already learned the harsh reality of the president’s broken health care promise of “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period. …No matter what.” But there was a first part to that sentence. The president also promised, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.” Former White House official and an architect of the health care law Ezekiel Emanuel explained Sunday that the president really meant, “if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. …People are going to have choices as to whether they want to pay a certain amount for a selective network or pay more for a broader network.” In response to Emanuel’s comments, The Wall Street Journal editorial board today wrote, “The truth is that you may be able to pay more to keep your doctor, but only after you choose one of ObamaCare’s preferred plans that already costs you more than your old plan that ObamaCare forced you to give up.”

Secretary Sebelius will return to the Health Subcommittee this Wednesday, December 11, to answer the urgent question of “What’s next?” for the president’s health care law.

December 9, 2013

EDITORIAL: ObamaCare In Translation

Ezekiel Emanuel explains what the president really meant about your doctor.

President Obama promised that if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. But now comes an architect of ObamaCare to explain that this needs some translating. Former White House official (and our sometime contributor) Ezekiel Emanuel has taken on the thankless task of defending the unpopular law he helped to write, and on "Fox News Sunday" he told host Chris Wallace what the President really meant. …

Mr. Wallace: "It's a simple yes or no question. Didn't he say if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?"

Dr. Emanuel: "Yes. But look, if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. This is a matter of choice. We know in all sorts of places you pay more for certain—for a wider range of choices or wider range of benefits. The issue isn't the selective networks. People keep saying, 'Oh, the problem is you're going to have a selective network.'" …

Read the complete editorial online here.

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