If You Like Your Doctor . . . .

Everyone remembers the (broken) promise of “If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. Period”, but fewer remember, or made note of, the second broken promise. “If you like your doctor, you can keep if you like your doctor emanuelthem. Period”.

Enter the spinmaster.

Chris Wallace, said: “President Obama famously promised, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Doesn’t that turn out to be just as false, just as misleading, as his promise about if you like your plan, you can keep your plan? Isn’t it a fact, sir, that a number, most, in fact, of the Obamacare health plans that are being offered on the exchanges exclude a number of doctors and hospitals to lower costs?”

“The president never said you were going to have unlimited choice of any doctor in the country you want to go to,” said the Obamacare architect (Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel).

Weekly Standard

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is the brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

It seems arrogance runs in the family.

(Chris Wallace) “It’s a simple yes or no question. Did he say if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?”

(Emanuel) “Yes. But look, if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. This is a matter of choice. We know in all sorts of places you pay more for certain — for a wider range of choices or wider range of benefits.The issue isn’t the selective networks. People keep saying, Oh, the problem is you’re going to have a selective network–“

What Dr. Emanuel is saying is true. If you don’t mind limiting your choice of doctors or hospitals you can buy your policy on the exchange. If you are willing to pay more to see your non-network doctor, that is your choice.

But if you like your doctor, and want to keep your doctor, you should consider buying your plan OUTSIDE of the exchange where you can get full PPO networks.

Shop and compare OFF exchange plans. Your doctor, your choice.