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Jay Carney admits President Obama lied to Americans about Obamacare

During his daily briefing with reporters, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was pressed on President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan under Obamacare after an admission by former White House advisor David Axelrod that some will, indeed, lose their coverage.

Ed Henry, a correspondent from Fox News, pointedly asked Carney about Axelrod’s comments and challenged him to admit that what President Obama said wasn’t true.

“The President, when he was trying to get the law passed, repeatedly said, if you currently have health insurance you will be able to keep your plan,” noted Henry. “This morning David Axelrod was pressed on that point and said, the majority — the vast majority — will be able to keep their plans. He no longer works at the White House.”

“From the podium, will you admit that when president said, if you have a plan, you’ll get to keep it, that that was not true?” asked Henry.

“Well, let’s just be clear, what the President said and what everybody said all along was that there were going to be changes under brought about by the Affordable Care Act that create minimum standards of coverage — minimum services that every insurance plan has to provide,” said Carney.

Wisconsin Republican proposes “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act”

Ron Johnson

Back in 2009, as he was beginning the push for his so-called “healthcare reform” law, President Barack Obama promised Americans that they would be able to keep health insurance plan. “No one will take it away,” he said. “No matter what.”

That promise has turned out has turned out to be a lie, as hundreds of thousands of people have lost their health insurance because their plans weren’t compatible with the mandates implemented under Obamacare. Many will now be left to find more costly plans with benefits that they may not want or need.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is hoping to fix this very real and serious problem. He’s proposed the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act,” which will give Americans the opportunity to retain the health insurance plan they had before Obamacare took it away from them.

“One of the most important promises made by President Obama and Democrat congressional leadership to promote the Affordable Care Act was that Americans who were satisfied with their health plans could keep them,” said Johnson in a statement from his office. “That promise has been broken. More than a million Americans have been notified that the plans they like with the coverage they have chosen have been canceled. Millions more Americans will have the plans of their choice canceled in months to come.”

Obama owns up to another broken Obamacare promise

Barack Obama

In a speech on June 15, 2009 at the annual American Medical Association conference, President Barack Obama boldly promised, [N]o 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.”

Many Americans have already learned that these two promises have turned out to be untrue. Nearly 5 million people lost their health insurance coverage, and many have lost access to the doctors that they previously had thanks to skimpy provider networks for plans on the exchanges.

Though President Obama half-heartedly apologized for the former, which PolitiFact dubbed the “Lie of the Year,” he hadn’t acknowledged that many Americans are losing access to their doctors — at least not until today.

During an interview with WebMD, President Obama admitted that some people may lose their doctor, though he unapologetically excused this by claiming that they’re saving money.

CBS: Clinton Library Docs Included Warning About Keep Your Doctor Promise

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CBS News notes that documents show that the Clinton administration was warned not to promise Americans that they would be able to keep their doctors under Hillary Clinton’s healthcare reform proposal. “That would have been good advice for the Obama administration 20 years later,” says CBS News, “before the President repeatedly made this promise.”

MSNBC: Americans losing their doctors a problem for Democrats

 Obamacare causing Americans to lose doctors

The Wall Street Journal ran a story today highlighting the pressure that insurers are under from politicians and state regulators to expand provider networks in plans on being sold on the Obamacare exchanges. That’s a “serious problem,” as Joe Scarborough said this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“I think this is, at the end of the day, the issue that’s the greatest challenge for everybody,” said Scarborough as he pointed to the headline in today’s Wall Street Journal. “If patients aren’t allowed to go to the doctor of their choice, that’s going to be a serious problem.”

Mark Halperin, a senior political analyst at Time, pointed out that the problem extends beyond doctors to “medical clinics or any kind of providers.”

“It’s as if the plans are being regulated by both the state and, increasingly, by the federal program,” Halperin told Scarborough. “And it’s going to deny people access to medical providers they had in previous plans.”

RNC targets vulnerable Democratic senators on Obamacare in new radio ad

The Republican National Committee has taken to the airwaves in several states and congressional districts in an effort to remind voters that Democrats lied when they promised Americans that they could keep their health insurance plans under Obamacare.

The ad is  It plays off the PolitiFact “Lie of the Year” dishonor recently given to President Obama for his now-infamous health plan promise. It’s worth noting that the promise was also repeated by a number of House and Senate Democrats, including Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is among those targeted by this ad.

“So what’s your New Year’s resolution? Here’s one you can keep. Resolve to keep Senator Mary Landrieu honest in 2014,” says the narrator. “President Obama and Landrieu said if you like your insurance plan you can keep it under ObamaCare. They lied to you. Big time. PolitiFact called that the “lie of the year.”

“Millions will lose their insurance—and their doctors,” the narrator notes. “2014 is your chance to hold Landrieu accountable. Tell her this is one New Year’s resolution you’re sticking to.”

LA Senate: Landrieu’s revisionist history on Obamacare’s canceled health plans

Mary Landrieu

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is humorously trying distance herself from Obamacare, a law that she has twice said she would support again if it came back up for a vote, in her first campaign ad of her re-election bid.

The 30-second ad, titled “Keeping the Promise,” focuses on the millions of health insurance policies that have been canceled because of narrowly written Obamacare regulations and legislation she has introduced that would require insurance companies to continuing offering the plans:

Cool story, but that’s not how it went down and to say otherwise, as Landrieu has done, is blatantly ignores her own words and votes.

70% of California doctors won’t participate in Obamacare

California Medical Associate

President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans could keep their health plans and doctors under Obamacare has already proved to be false, given millions of cancellations and limited networks that have left consumers without access to their primary physician or top-tier hospitals.

But survey by the California Medical Association, via the Washington Examiner, shows an overwhelming majority of its members have refused to accept plans purchased through that state’s exchange. The reason? These doctors fear Obamacare will force them to operate at a loss:

An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.

“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.

Thorp has been a primary care doctor for 38 years in a small town 90 miles north of Sacramento. The CMA represents 38,000 of the roughly 104,000 doctors in California.

“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” he said.

California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country — 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.

Harry Reid’s confused double-down on Obama’s broken health plan promise

Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is trying to defend President Barack Obama’s infamous, broken promise that Americans could keep their health plans under Obamacare. But his defense is, well, confused and dishonest, to say the least.

“Remember what the President said — ‘if you like your insurance, you can keep it’ — there is nobody in America that has the same insurance that they had when he said this. We’ve had three different years, policies are only for one year,” said Reid in an appearance on Las Vegas-based KSNV.

“I still go back and say what I said earlier. What [President Obama] said was true. If you want to keep the insurance you have you can keep it, the problem is we did not put into effect that way,” he noted later. “There’s a lot of administrative things kicked in, and there’ve been three changes in anyone’s policy since then. It’s not the same policy.”

Here’s the thing, Reid is both right and wrong, but together, what he’s saying doesn’t add up to anything that can be considered as a coherent, honest response to the five million canceled health plans caused by Obamacare regulations.

Americans for Prosperity on Pelosi’s broken Obamacare promise

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative activist group, has unveiled a new video taken aim at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over a promise she made in 2009 that Americans could keep their health plans under Obamacare, similar to the promise made by President Obama on some three-dozen occasions.

The video plays off an awkward segment last month on Meet the Press in which Pelosi, who served as Speaker of the House when the law was passed, was asked the about her 2010 promise amid reports of millions of health insurance cancellations caused by Obamacare. The blank-faced California Democrat resorted to talking points, but the host, David Gregory didn’t let up.

Here’s the video from Americans for Prosperity, which also emphasizes Pelosi’s comment that “Democrats stand tall” in support of Obamacare. That’ll be something to keep in mind as voters approach the mid-term election:

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