Obamacare architect admits: If you like your doctor, you can pay more for it

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to inclement weather in Dallas over the weekend, Glenn and his staff were still unable to make it into the office. Instead, Glenn broadcasted his radio program from home. As a result, no video clips will be available from Monday’s radio show. You can listen to the entire Glenn Beck Radio Program HERE. The story below is based on one of Monday’s radio segments. 

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During an appearance on Fox News Sunday yesterday, Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel was pressed by Chris Wallace to defend President Obama’s now infamous promise that if you like your doctor you could keep your doctor. In trying to answer the question Emanuel was finally forced to admit: Yes, you can keep doctor… if you are willing to pay more for it.

“I am so sick and tired of the lies that people are saying about this Administration. You heard the President say, if you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” Glenn joked on radio this morning. “As it turns out, as long as I like my doctor, I can keep him, if I pay more for it. We all know that’s what President Obama meant.”

“And the same goes for hospitals,” Stu added. “You want to go to the Mayo Clinic, you can go to the Mayo Clinic. Not going to be covered in any of the plans that we’re offering, but if you want to pay through your nostrils, go for it.”

This is what Emanuel had to say yesterday about what the President really meant:

WALLCE: It’s a simple yes or no. 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. You know, in all sorts of places you pay more for certain — for a wider range of choices or a 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’… Let me just say something. People are going to have a choice whether they want to pay a certain amount for a selective network or pay more for a broader network.

WALLCE: Which will mean your premiums will probably go up.

EMANUEL: They get that choice. That’s a choice they always made.

WALLACE: Which means your premium may go up over what you were paying so that, in other words —

EMANUEL: No one guaranteed you that your premium wouldn’t increase. Premiums have been going up.

WALLACE: The president guaranteed me I could keep my doctor.

EMANUEL: And if you want to, you can pay for it.

“And what they continually ignore here is: You have a choice. No, we don’t. You must have insurance,” Pat explained. “So now you’re forcing me out of the plan I liked and paid less for. And now I can choose to pay more for it because I have to have it?”

Let us not forget that the coverage Emanuel refers too was labled inadequate by this Administration in efforts to soften the blow for the millions of Americans who have lost their coverage. Now forced to backtrack, this same Administration is now telling the American people they will have to pay more if they want to continue to receive the better coverage they used to have.

“And let’s not forget their entire justification for this program was the idea the insurance that we currently had was junk insurance,” Stu said. “The junk insurance that covers the doctors I want, I now have to pay more for? To get the same insurance you’re telling me was junk?”

“And this is what they are admitting to,” Pat said. “Wait until this rolls out next year. Oh, man.”

“Wait until you see how bad it really is,” Glenn concluded. “Oh my gosh.”

  • John Scott

    I just LOL how these people squirm when presented with facts they would rather forget. Apparently Emanuel thought it was Ok for government to make those choices for you. Seems to me this is a HMO type system run by government. We all know how bad HMO’s are. HMO’s were also all about costs and making deals with doctors and hospitals. But the reality was many times those in the HMO “system” of providers were located farther away or were not a doctor familiar to you. As more of this comes out, I think Mr. Emanuel had better understand that he will have to eat some crow from all the falsehoods that have been presented. If he thinks the Affordable Care act just needs some PR. I think what he means is just more BS and lies.

  • John Scott

    I just LOL how these people squirm when presented with facts they would rather forget. Apparently Emanuel thought it was Ok for government to make those choices for you. Seems to me this is a HMO type system run by government. We all know how bad HMO’s are. HMO’s were also all about costs and making deals with doctors and hospitals. But the reality was many times those in the HMO “system” of providers were located farther away or were not a doctor familiar to you. As more of this comes out, I think Mr. Emanuel had better understand that he will have to eat some crow from all the falsehoods that have been presented. If he thinks the Affordable Care act just needs some PR. I think what he means is just more BS and lies.

  • Bonnie Somer

    i call it the un=affordable govt coercion wealth redistribution act not affordable to anyone and built on lies. OBAMA DESIGNED THIS THIS WAY AS IF HE IS THE ONE WHO KNOWS THAT UR INS POLICY IS HORRID AND HE KNOWS BETTER AND WHO THE HELL IS HE TO END PRIV INS COMPANIES AND BY THE WAY WHERE R WE FIGHTING THIS TOOTH AND NAIL AND HIS IGNORING OF THE US CONSTITUTION…………………………… YES PROGRESSIVES AND GLOBALISTS SURELY MAY HATE ART V AND IT IS UP TO US TO MAKE SURE OUR FREEDOM AND COUNTRY R DEFENDED

  • Bonnie Somer

    i call it the un=affordable govt coercion wealth redistribution act not affordable to anyone and built on lies. OBAMA DESIGNED THIS THIS WAY AS IF HE IS THE ONE WHO KNOWS THAT UR INS POLICY IS HORRID AND HE KNOWS BETTER AND WHO THE HELL IS HE TO END PRIV INS COMPANIES AND BY THE WAY WHERE R WE FIGHTING THIS TOOTH AND NAIL AND HIS IGNORING OF THE US CONSTITUTION…………………………… YES PROGRESSIVES AND GLOBALISTS SURELY MAY HATE ART V AND IT IS UP TO US TO MAKE SURE OUR FREEDOM AND COUNTRY R DEFENDED

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The truth is very simple: Obama and the left have been lying to their base and to everyone else from the very beginning.

    Now the left is even turning upon Obama and the Democrat Socialists. What remains to be seen is how many will do something to boot them out of office, and ensure that they will never be allowed to rise to power again (the progressives).

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The truth is very simple: Obama and the left have been lying to their base and to everyone else from the very beginning.

    Now the left is even turning upon Obama and the Democrat Socialists. What remains to be seen is how many will do something to boot them out of office, and ensure that they will never be allowed to rise to power again (the progressives).

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Socialist ideology is a combination of the delusional, the irredeemable, and the improbable as it works and clashes at cross-purposes constantly.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Socialist ideology is a combination of the delusional, the irredeemable, and the improbable as it works and clashes at cross-purposes constantly.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I guess they are not even trying to cover to their lies anymore.

  • Anonymous

    It should be abundantly clear to all now, save the delusional, that obamascam is not about you or your family’s health care. It is about control of the people, period – a marxist tenet. Control of education, means of production, health care… All democrats who voted for this huge power grab need given a one way ticket out of DC never to hold public office again starting with the midterms in 2014; then on to finish the job in 2016. Obama and his lackeys need held accountable for blatantly, maliciously, and willingly lying to the American people on national tv repeatedly about the law/tax. Nixon was impeached for telling one lie, and this man lies daily. The GOP needs to grow a set and finally stand up for the U.S. Constitution and the people they represent, or they also need run out of town on a rail.

  • Anonymous

    It should be abundantly clear to all now, save the delusional, that obamascam is not about you or your family’s health care. It is about control of the people, period – a marxist tenet. Control of education, means of production, health care… All democrats who voted for this huge power grab need given a one way ticket out of DC never to hold public office again starting with the midterms in 2014; then on to finish the job in 2016. Obama and his lackeys need held accountable for blatantly, maliciously, and willingly lying to the American people on national tv repeatedly about the law/tax. Nixon was impeached for telling one lie, and this man lies daily. The GOP needs to grow a set and finally stand up for the U.S. Constitution and the people they represent, or they also need run out of town on a rail.

  • Anonymous

    Your “CAPS LOCK” is stuck. Fix it before you look even more foolish. Can’t you form complete words in English, either?

  • Anonymous

    Your “CAPS LOCK” is stuck. Fix it before you look even more foolish. Can’t you form complete words in English, either?

  • Anonymous

    Very well said!!!

  • Anonymous

    Very well said!!!

  • landofaahs

    This is just one of the consequences of passing bills without reading them and without having public debate.

  • landofaahs

    This is just one of the consequences of passing bills without reading them and without having public debate.

  • Anonymous

    Anything to advance the agenda.

  • Anonymous

    Anything to advance the agenda.

  • landofaahs

    For all you liberals who are disappointed in Obama, try this link. It will give you a way back to sanity when you have been disillusioned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbDKN0dk54M

  • landofaahs

    For all you liberals who are disappointed in Obama, try this link. It will give you a way back to sanity when you have been disillusioned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbDKN0dk54M

  • Anonymous

    If I don’t like Obama, I don’t mind telling you about it PEROID!

  • Anonymous

    If I don’t like Obama, I don’t mind telling you about it PEROID!

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Emanuel is also a person that believes in post birth abortion up to the age of two…the reasoning is that children haven’t developed personalities and they still have many years ahead before becoming productive members of society. The man is a progressive creep. And he’s not the only progressive that thinks this way.

  • Anonymous

    LOL so what Dr. Emanuel is saying that if you don’t like the “substandard” obamacare that costs three times what you WERE paying for the “substandard” insurance you chose and could pay for yourself, you have a CHOICE to pay even more so you can see the doctor you WERE seeing before being dropped by your insurance company.

    Boy…I’m SOOOO glad the doctor ‘splained it. We can now choose to pay more, or even MORE for less than what we had to begin with.

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • Anonymous

    Here we all know the truth. Unfortunately, if you skim through similar forums at MSNBC, for example, they talk about the republicans much the same way we talk about them. Most posters there also are convinced that the ACA is the saviour of American people. I just hope that we are right in wanting all the stale Washington crowd out, but we have to wait and see.

  • Anonymous

    The Administration: We are telling you the truth (IF you also read the invisible small print that negates the truth).

  • Anonymous

    Skimming through MSNBC discussion forums is very telling. I once posted there about how much I like the book Atlas Shrugged. I received so much hate email from it that I nearly had to change my email addy. It’s good to go and see what the other side is thinking but I NEVER post on leftists sites anymore. I don’t crave arguments.

  • Anonymous

    Are you proud of yourself now that you picked on someone over their grammar? Bonnie probably didn’t get an A in English class, or maybe she didn’t get the same educational opportunities as you. Making fun of people makes you less of a person. Bonnie doesn’t sound like a fool to me. She sounds like someone who’s upset about the way things are going. Her syntax is irrelevant and you have no class. I’m sure you are going to go on a disrespectful rant towards me, I expect it, I invite it. It only makes you look terrible in front of everyone who reads your posts.

  • Anonymous

    Love ya Bonnie, you got an automatic like from me.

  • Rhonda Kelley (nee Williams)

    But you should CHOOSE what you want to pay for, not pay for stuff that has nothing to do with me. Why would a 58 year old woman who lives alone like me need to pay for pediatric dental care or prostate care?

  • Rhonda Kelley (nee Williams)

    We have to get over that, Bert. It’s how they keep us silent, by intimidation. I’m with Sarah Palin… get out there and tell it anyway!

  • Rhonda Kelley (nee Williams)

    Let’s pray for and support the recent move toward a constitutional convention of states. Make sure your state is occupying its 3 seats.

  • Anonymous

    On the surface I agree with you here Rhonda. But why poke a stick at a bee’s nest? If you drink your Mountain Dew from a hundred feet away, the bees will find you. Allegory aside, it’s counterproductive to start a political conversation with someone who you know ahead of time will harass you. Nothing good comes of it, not for you OR them. I wait until a thoughtful liberal (yes, they exist) comes along and has an honest conversation with me. Sometimes we both learn.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, not all HMO’s are bad. In fact, the one I belonged to was so good my hospital was Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills and my primary care doc was a Beverly Hills internist. As soon as they passed Obamacare, our “Cadillac plan” was dropped in favor of a PPO through Blue Cross by hubby’s employer because the plan didn’t include sex change ops or free contraceptives and abortions (for a post-menopausal woman). Now, we find out that Obamacare isn’t kicking in for the large employers for an extra year. I still haven’t picked out a doc from the new plan yet and don’t plan to until this whole mess gets sorted out permanently. I sincerely hope Karma catches up with the illigitimi who forced this upon We the People — a perpetual plague of boils and sores sounds about right.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve taken to reading Proverbs every day in line with the 31 chapters for the day of the month. V 7 and 8 reads:
    7. Whoever corrects the arrogant earns insults, and whover reproves the wicked incurs opprobrium.

    8. Do not reprove the arrogant lest they hate you; reprove the wise and they will love you.

    I’ll go with that! A good habit to get into… even with your kids.

  • Anonymous

    Emanuel,just a dirtbag Chicago commie and not much more.

  • Anonymous

    It’s true most people will have the choice of paying more to keep the doctor they’ve had but for people with pre-existing conditions having the same doctor and/hospital is a have-to. The medical records are with that doctor as well as test results and anything else. Also, paying more isn’t an option. Most people with condition are on government assistance. A fixed income. So it’s literally a choice of paying twice for health care. Once for the insurance and then again for the higher priced “choice”.Wasn’t Onamacare started so that anyone who wasn’t able to be insured could be? Being punished for something beyond control is counterproductive.

  • Justin 4 Liberty

    HAHAHA it’s about choice people… Head or Gut?

  • Anonymous

    I think he has known all along what he wants, and so do the people he has appointed into the key positions to help him obtain his vision. He is trying to turn this country around and make us all communists. Unfortunately, it won’t work – for one I am a Christian and I will never become a communist, or change any of my beliefs.
    I think there are a lot of us out there that is willing to fight for what we believe in.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t ever forget – Zeke Emanuel is a died in the wool eugenicist who has a dream to see the world population drastically reduced by whatever means it takes. The ACA was ready to go when BHO was elected – ginned up with the support of Mr. “Trickle Down” George Soros with the help of Musbro activist Neera Tanden who actually bragged about her role. (Muslims get theirs free -multiple wives and all.)

    The whole bill is evil to the core. Success in the enrollment process will be like a cancer metastisizing.

  • Anonymous

    No, but you might be a Muslim by the edge of a scimitar.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with him. Keep the caps lock off. It only makes people avoid what you have to comment. Its typically a sign of a looney bird.

  • Anonymous

    Are you kidding, every time a negative article comes out about Clowncare on the web, all the lefty demwits gang onto the article and do their typical troll bombs because they cannot defend their position.

  • Anonymous

    You are correct, it is about choice. You either buy insurance or the Government will punish you. When the young and healthy do not sign up and just pay the penalty, the law will change and the penalty will just keep getting higher and higher and higher until they do as they are commanded.

  • Anonymous

    Clowncare is designed to fail and its working as planned. Obama never wanted this law, he wants single payer, no insurance companies, free care for his voting base on the backs of the producers, and control of the hospitals and doctors through fixing their costs and services.

  • mspatdev

    They all new in 2010, that it was a BIG LIE, THAT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR INSURANCE AND DOCTORS PERIOD. They did it so that they could get the almighty VOTE. You need to have all states on the save page as to voter I.D. If you don’t have voter I.D., we will have the same jerks in the Senate and nothing will get passed. GOP sends plenty of bills to the Senate, but h. reid doesn’t do anything about it. He sticks it in a drawer. Then the dictator in the w/h won’t do anything about them either. Only thing that is getting passed is new radical muslim, liberals, socialist, communist, atheist judges that control Washington D.C. and we cannot remove them FROM office unless their term expires. obammy has told the USA and the world that he wasn’t going to work with Congress and especially the GOP. So why in the heck is he there if he isn’t going to work with Congress? It is the law. But he has changed all of the rules to what he wants them to be and the heck anybody else.

  • mspatdev

    He wants it that way so the Communist Party will usher in. That is when his militia will come to head and start marching on/in everyones homes/appts. etc. to take the guns, ammunition and food away. Then he will have POWER OVER AMERICA. He really doesn’t want obammycare to succeed as they have another plan for the USA. He is very evil, spiteful, angry, narcissitic, and many more words. What a big joke he is. I am ashamed of him in this country. The devils son in disguise.

  • mspatdev

    Then they won’t even get any. Most of the ones that he want to pay are on there parents until 26 yrs old. After that they will have student loans and maybe a job. I know a lot of over 26 that has said that they will leave the country and work. So, if obammy pressures these young people to pay up or else, then they will leave and then who is obammy going to pay for the insurance? If I was that young, I wouldn’t stay here, I would leave.

  • mspatdev

    I agree with you 100%. He will do anything and everything for obammy. Well, he isn’t doing it to me as I am not tolerating it. If I had the money I would leave the USA. There is other good countries around here that are good countries. There isn’t communism of socialism or atheism and muslim and MOST OF ALL THERE ISN’T OBAMMY AND HIS MINEONS.

  • Anonymous

    I actually watched that part of the interview on Sunday morning (was home sick… okay, normal people should be sleeping at 6-7am or so, but hey), and it was hilarious. Ezekiel kept trying to worm his way out, but the interviewer hammered him to answer the question.

  • Anonymous

    Though I agree with you that it is rude to use all caps, due to the fact that bonnie used proper form until her all cap statements, I think it was more a fact that she was intending to emphatically yell that point, on purpose.

  • Anonymous

    I loved the point the interviewer made regarding Obamacare needing 39% of those signing up to be 18-34 years old, in order to have the financial support to cover the sick and elderly. Zeke tried to say how great it was in California, the sign ups, but the interviewer nailed him because only 22% of those signed up (and the number isn’t even close to the 7 million they need for 2014, total people) were in the 18-34 yo age group. Zeke tried to defend the Cali numbers by saying that 22% is in line with the demographics, but I like how the interviewer dismissed that by pointing out that regardless whether that was the demographics in Cali, Obamacare still NEEDS that age group to comprise 39% (around 2.6 million signups) in order to be “sustainable” and not have “skyrocketing” premiums for those who signed up (they forget the premiums already are skyrocketing because of the ACA; my wife and I have just been given a plan through her job, that doubled the deductible this year. For those who aren’t familiar with deductibles, that is the amount that you have to pay out of pocket in a year BEFORE your plan kicks in, basically).
    In regards to the above conversation, think about it, if that 22% tracks the demographics of Cali for the target age group, and Cali is a state more likely to have the signups (being liberal), that presents a problem for the ACA. That means a 39% goal is highly unlikely to occur without significant coercion.

  • Guest

    Another example of the three corporate stooges pushing junk insurance that make the insurance corporations tons of money.

    Health care is a human right, and that is why we need a single payer system: everyone pays in, everyone gets covered.

  • Anonymous

    Beck is misleading again. Insurance companies had their networks long before the ACA. I was able to keep my doctor because I kept the same insurance company. If I changed companies, I might have to find a new doctor. Since 2000, I changed jobs a few times and had change doctors because each job had a different insurance plan. It’s the same now. Change insurance companies and you might have to change doctors. And, people forget that insurance premiums were increasing at alarming rates well before the ACA. From my perspective, insurance companies are overcharging and hedging ACA regulations because they don’t yet know how to price the risk of advantages of the ACA. Fortunately, the ACA requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% of premiums on healthcare, something they weren’t doing before. The ACA is far from perfect, but whether you keep your doctor depends on whether you buy an insurance plan from the same insurance company.

  • Guest

    Beck is misleading AGAIN? That’s what he does. That’s his mission as a corporate flak. Glenn Beck is a professional liar. It’s hard to prove that all or most of his false claims are lies. I have a list of 11 statements from Mr. Beck that were false, and he knew they were false. THOSE are proven lies. The rest come across as a blowhard making ignorant assertions. That’s why the best book on Beck is subtitled Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance.

    I suspect that Beck, Stu and Pat, especially Pat, are just ignorant about the ACA and all of the complicated provisions in it.

  • Crassus

    This quack reminds me of Dr. Praetorius in Bride of Frankenstein.

  • Crassus

    I avoid leftist sites like the plague. It’s the old arguing with idiots reason. Plus, most leftist sites ban conservative posters in a heartbeat whereas many conservative sites do nothing in regards to liberal trolls.

  • Fat Lip

    I can’t believe it. It happens each day. It’s ill conceived just throw it away.
    To watch the waiting time slipping away.
    It won’t be long now.
    I hold the moment, the hour sublime .
    It’s hard believing, dancing with time.
    Just keep watching the waiting it won’t be long now !
    See your friends all walking the line it won’t be long now .
    PEOPLE
    View it all with suspicion , view it all and despise .
    View it all with suspicion , I viewed it all with my own eyes .
    We’re going to get there get prepared it’s gonna spin !

  • Darkwing Dragon

    Sounds to me like they`re simply narrowing the network. In otherwords, say average health insurance covers a 40 mile raduis around where you live. now it`ll be cut in half. if your current hospital is 25 to 30 miles from your house, it`ll now be considered out of network. However if you want to be able to keep going there, and have coverage, you`ll need to upgrade to the wider network plan. In turn, costing you more in premuims. If you can`t afford the insurance, then you`re SoL. It`s all a way to weed out the poor, and cater to the rich. :P they don`t care about the patient, it`s the money that`s important to them.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations on supporting a classless loser.

  • Charles Hurst

    Of course–that wasn’t at all what Barry said as he was running for election. Karl himself said to lie was perfectly acceptable if used to promote cause of Marxism. There is no debate about Obamacare anymore–unless you refuse to grasp reality. And many Progressives refuse to acknowledge a video tape of Obama saying one thing and the result being the other—premiums went up, people lost their plan–all on tape what wouldn’t happen vs what is documented to what actually happened. And this is what a Marxist does. We can continue down this road to Marxism or what should happen is immediate impeachment proceedings. If this continues it may get a lot less civil than that in the end.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE. A true conservative’s weekly

  • Anonymous

    The polls on obama disapproval levels are false ,they would be far worst if the left wings news media didn’t provide obama cover and did not prop him and his policy up or put out true facts !!! Now Bush had about the same levels in poll with the left wing news media target him with false facts for the low information voters !! Now it is the opposite with obama with left wing media propping up obama without reporting the true facts !! So you can consider obama and his policy’s are far worst than Bush and obama true reflective poll in disapproval levels be far higher !!!!!!!