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.
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.”