“For the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices. And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they’re saving money,” said Obama in an interview with the medical website WebMD.
“But that’s true if your employer suddenly decides we think this network’s going to give a better deal, we think this is going to help keep premiums lower, you’ve got to use this doctor as opposed to that one, this hospital as opposed to that one. The good news is in most states people have more than one option and what they’ll find, I think, is that their doctor or network or hospital that’s conveniently located is probably in one of those networks. Now, you may find out that that network’s more expensive than another network. And then you’ve got to make a choice in terms of what’s right for your family.”
This is different than what Obama said when he was selling Obamacare. “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold,” said Obama in his weekly address on June 6, 2009.
Of course, now that he’s amended his law to drop the requirement that you buy ObamaCare – a provision he once thought important enough to go all the way to the Supreme Court to defend as “essential” to the success of his plan, there’s really no reason for people to care about all this. Don’t buy insurance until or unless you get sick, then sign on. The thousands of dollars you’ll save over the years by not paying premiums will more than make up for the loss of choice of a doctor.