So much for “You will be able to keep your plan. Period.”

In “Fannie Med? Why a “Public Option” is Hazardous to Your Health,” there is an interesting admission by the White House regarding President Obama’s promise to Americans that they will not lose health care that they are happy with.

In a speech to the American Medical Association, President Obama reiterated a promise that he has made repeatedly since the 2008 presidential campaign:

No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.

After the Congressional Budget Office estimated that as many as 15 million Americans could lose their existing coverage under Senator Kennedy’s legislation, the Associated Press reported, “White House officials suggest the president’s rhetoric shouldn’t be taken literally.”

It’s not surprising that Americans don’t believe the President when he says that they will be able to keep their coverage. Even if the Congressional Budget Office weren’t reporting on reform proposals, in the past Mr. Obama – and many members of his government – have been strong supporters of implementing single-payer health care, similar to the system in Canada, in the United States – even if they have to bring it about slowly through creation of a public option.


One response to “So much for “You will be able to keep your plan. Period.”

  1. I am a concerned citizen who would like to band with others to protest this healthcare takeover by our government. They are going to take away all private insurance (except for government officials). When the Preisdent says that if you like your health plan you can keep it. They are just getting their foot in the door and will proceed to undermine private health insuance. Big buisness will put their employeers on the government plan (they will be paying taxes for it anyway). Slowly private insurance will go away or become too expensive for the average american buy. K Allen

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