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.