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New caveat on Obama pledge: Pay to keep your doctor

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NEW CAVEAT ON OBAMA PLEDGE: PAY TO KEEP YOUR DOCTOR - Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a top architect of ObamaCare and one of the top salesmen for the troubled health law, added a major condition to President Obama’s oft-repeated pledge that Americans would be able to keep their current doctors after the law was imposed. Chris Wallace pinned Emanuel down on the promise during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” Emanuel initially sought to wave off the looming worries about disruptions in the “Doc Shock” as caregivers and hospitals either reject government insurance or new ObamaCare approved policies don’t give access to previously available practitioners. Emanuel claimed it was “a matter of choice” whether Americans would buy insurance that covered top-quality care. “The president guaranteed me I could keep my doctor,” Wallace finally demanded. “And if you want to, you can pay for it,” Emanuel said. Check it out here.

[WSJ: “It's nice to hear a central planner embrace choice, except this needs translating too. 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.]

What is this ObamaCare of which you speak? - “No one has launched a big PR campaign to get these people signed up because of the problems with the federal Web site. We are about to launch a big PR campaign, and that, I think, is going to persuade a lot of people to sign up.” – Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of ObamaCare, on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”

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