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  •  "if you already have insurance ... you can keep .. (4+ / 0-)
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    ... your plan and keep your doctor".

    I don't recall the President, in the context of providing health insurance for uninsured Americans, telling them that they could keep their doctor.

    "The Obama Administration has been an unmitigated disaster" - Osama Bin Laden

    by Explorer8939 on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 06:14:50 PM PDT

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    •  I post link to O's Promises. (0+ / 0-)

      He said it many times.  Looks like he did not mean it.

      •  Obama: "You can keep your Doctor. Period." (0+ / 0-)

        A Shocker:  He said That????

        That whole “you can keep your plan – you can keep your doctor” foundation that was used to “sell” the Affordable Care Act to the American People? To me, that’s a pretty important foundation for this reform: the whole point is to add options for those who need it, while maintaining current choices for those who don’t wish to make a change.

        Well guess what – I’m finding out in a hurry that this core foundation of my support for Obamacare was a fantasy. I – the individual healthcare purchaser (in New Hampshire) – am about to get royally screwed. New Hampshire residents who purchase their own health insurance basically have one option: Anthem. The Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act will also only have one provider option: Anthem. One might think that if there is only one provider, that the Government might go to great lengths to make sure that this one provider isn’t going to hose their subscribers – but one would be mistaken.

        See, Anthem’s new plans will only include coverage for 14 of the state’s 26 hospitals. “Kid Dynamite,” you say, “you live in the Greater Concord Area. Concord is the capital of New Hampshire. Concord Hospital is one of the major hospitals in New Hampshire. You’d be crazy to think that Anthem could get away with excluding Concord Hospital from their exclusive monopoly coverage that will be offered under the Affordable Care Act.” See, pragmatically, your words would make total sense: it seems impossible that the Government, regulators, New Hampshire Lawmakers, etc would allow Anthem to exclude major hospitals like Concord Hospital from their coverage, right? Yet somehow that is exactly what is happening.

        “But Kid Dynamite,” you say, “forget about the new plans – just keep your current plan and ignore the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act.” Great idea! I might just have to do that – BUT WAIT – Anthem has informed me that my current plan is ceasing to exist. They’re making it so that I don’t even have the option of keeping my current plan.

        All of this would go away if we had Single Payer.  O'care is a very costly detour down a dead end street when we need the highway.

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