“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
Barack Obama’s promise, repeated constantly in selling Obamacare to the American people, seemed too good to be true, even then.
Turns out it was.
It’s a long story . . .
My good friend Don Neuen here at Red Nation Rising recently made me aware of a telling development on the Obamacare enrollment website found at healthcare.gov. Don knows that a primary goal of mine—in fact, the reason why I write books, write columns and blog posts, and host a radio show—is to explain to the American people why it is that you cannot, after all, keep your doctor. Or your health.
It is not that you will leave your doctor. No, your doctor will leave you. Your doctor will not leave you because he or she wants to. Quite the contrary. Your doctor will leave you because your doctor will have no choice. Your doctor will be forced, by your federal government, to leave you without care while your federal government pockets your money. That, after all, is the goal of any system of rationed and socialized medicine.
That fate was sealed the moment Obama signed his signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, into law. From that point forward, all that was left was the fallout. We are now in the middle of that fallout, with much more to come.
If you doubt me, you should read my post from a few days ago entitled “Is there a doctor in the house? Not for long.”
We all know that Obamacare is not working. Understanding why, and how, it is not working is more complicated.
For instance, you probably know that despite Obama’s promise, you cannot, in fact, keep your doctor. But do you know why that is? Or how it will happen? Likewise, you probably know that socialized medicine by definition requires that health care be rationed. Do you know how that will come about, or how rationed care will look in the real world?
I’m guessing that your answers to most, if not all, of those questions is no.
That’s okay. That is, in fact, what I hope to spend the next months, if not years, explaining to you.
For now, I want to share with you Don’s interesting find.
Misinterpreting the Obvious
When Obama was campaigning for Obamacare, his promises were unequivocal:
“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.”
You have to hand it to the guy: It was a bold promise. It doesn’t really leave any room for misinterpretation.
Unfortunately, it was also a promise that Obama had neither the ability to keep nor any intention of keeping. We learned that from Jonathan Gruber’s revelations of the level of deception used to pass the Affordable Care Act, which relied largely upon “the stupidity of the American voter.”
Still, Obama’s promise was a constant on the Obamacare campaign trail.
Even so, it is now the government’s position that if we silly Americans thought that Obama actually meant that we could keep our doctors, well, that represents a misinterpretation on our part.
Really? Seems more like a lie on his part to me.
Evolution of a Website Cover-up
Because Obama made such a point of repeating (and repeating and repeating) the promise that you could keep your doctor, the original healthcare.gov website—the official Obamacare information and sign-up site—contained that promise as well. In fact, there was an entire section devoted to reiterating the promise that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. That section was entitled “Can I keep my own doctor?” That was followed by representations that indeed, you can. Again, it was stated in promissory language that was hard to misinterpret.
The first perceptible change occurred around July 2013. At that time, The Weekly Standard reported that the healthcare.gov website changed that section. Suddenly, it informed consumers not that that they could keep their doctor, but rather that they “may be able to keep your current doctor.”
Hmmm . . .
A version of the website that was up as late as October 2015 contained a section entitled “How to keep your doctor.” Under the topic “Comparing health plans,” the website offered the following advice: “Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor.” Under a section entitled “Type of plan and provider network,” the website advised: “If staying with your current doctors is important to you, check to see if they are included before choosing a plan.”
That’s is. No more advice. Nada. Promises gone. Suddenly, anything is possible.
Now, isn’t that helpful.
And yet there’s more:
Just before open enrollment began last year, even that section was deleted from the website. The link took users to a section entitled “How to pick a health insurance plan.” A search for “keep your doctor” redirected users to a page addressing types of plans.
The closest the newly revised website came to addressing the “keep your doctor” issue was by advising the user: “Some types of plans restrict your provider choices or encourage you to get care from the plan’s network of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other medical service providers.” It also offered: “To be certain your doctor is included in your plan’s network, contact the plan or provider for the most up-to-date information.”
That was it. How helpful.
Just before publishing this post, I visited the healthcare.gov website yet again and did a search for “keep your doctor.” The system returned me to the generic “Resources” page. You know—the page where I would go if, for instance, I didn’t know what “health care” is, what “health insurance” is for, or how much my federal government cares about me and my health. That sort of thing.
So . . . what happened to “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?”
Seems that was just as much a lie as was their representation that Obamacare would lower the cost of healthcare (which is skyrocketing).
Like Two Peas in a Political Pod
It seems that Obama and Hillary Clinton have more in common than we realized.
First, they both lie.
Second, neither has any regard for the health, safety, and prosperity of the American people they ostensibly serve.
Third, they both have a talent for deleting inconvenient previous statements once those statements have gotten them their way.
That is handy for them, and oh, so dangerous for us.
Welcome to Obamacare. I’m sure you’re going to hate it.
Those are my thoughts. Please let me know yours.