Obama: Current health care bill will put government between you and doctor

We knew this. We’ve been telling you about it for months. President Obama admitted current health care legislation includes wording that may well force you out of the health care plan you have now, and put government bureaucrats between you and your doctor.

Hat tip to Gateway Pundit who links us to a Real Clear Politics post by Tom Bevan.

Obama’s statement, with my emphasis in bold…

The last thing I will say, though — let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we’ve presented — and there’s some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your — if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.

Mr. President, we knew about them, we told people about them, and you called us liars. Supposedly we were misrepresenting the actual wording of the legislation, even though we pointed out chapter and verse.

From RCP…

If we take this statement at face value, President Obama is admitting the the health care bills passed by either the House or Senate (or both) contained provisions which were “snuck in” – presumably by Democratic members and perhaps on behalf of certain lobbyists – that would have in fact prevented people from keeping their current insurance and/or choosing the doctor they want.

This was one of the core debates on health care throughout last year: Would President Obama and the Democrats’ legislation allow government to come between citizens and their choice of doctors and insurers? Obama promised it wouldn’t. Republicans said it would, and this was one of the aspects of the legislation that led them to characterize it as a government takeover of health care – the same characterization that Obama chastized the GOP for today.

So it’s a bit of shock to find out now – from the President himself, no less – that one or both of the bills that passed Congress late last year (the House passed its version in late November, the Senate on Christmas Eve Day) contained language that would have violated this pledge.


We knew and told you Obama’s promises all have expiration dates. Now he’s admitting he’s lied to us for months.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. soundoffsongs on January 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Great analysis!

    Here is a satirical song offering a glimpse of the future under Obamacare:


    Enjoy!  Wishing you all good health (you will need it) !!

  2. donh on January 31, 2010 at 6:17 am

    The hard truth is your goverment voted to cut medicare to the elderly, deny treatment to the genetically handicapped, and subsidize abortion on christmas eve. The republican party has been far too gentle in the face of pure evil, and it is only by an act of God that we  have been spared the inhumanities of Obamacare. Now the man who wrote grandma got run  over by a raindear is still living very well off the roaylies of this classic christmas carol. There is a lot of money to be made by an artist who can put the 2009 Christmas season into a song. I think I got the first line down…."Grandma got unplugged by a lame deal…..bought with  bribery   on Christmas Eve…"

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