I don’t have a full text yet, but his plan includes forcing Americans to purchase insurance, creates an “exchange” and preserves the public option. (I think).
More updates and text coming.
Full text here.
I noticed this retooling of the “you can keep your doctor and health and insurance if you like it” lie. Now he says this:
“Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”
Nothing requires you to change what you have. But nothing is stopping your employer from dumping your plan and forcing you onto the public option.
Nothing but nuance, kids.
Update #2 – “He’s dropped the period.”
AP noticed the change in phrasing the uninsured number in this fact check:
WASHINGTON – The change was subtle, but significant. In his speech to Congress on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama gave a more accurate — and less reassuring — account of the impact of his proposed health care overall than he has done in the past. It went by in a blink.
He told Americans that nothing he is proposing will force businesses or consumers to change their existing insurance coverage. That much is true.
It’s also true that nothing in his plan guarantees that policies people have now will continue to be available in the same form. In earlier accounts, he spoke with unmerited certainty in saying people who are happy with their current insurance can simply keep it.
Other parts of his speech repeated some of the oversimplified claims that have marked his salesmanship. A look at some of his assertions Wednesday night:
OBAMA: “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”
THE FACTS: That’s correct, as far as it goes. But neither can the plan guarantee that people can keep their current coverage. Employers sponsor coverage for most families, and they’d be free to change their health plans in ways that workers may not like, or drop insurance altogether. The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the health care bill written by House Democrats and said that by 2016 some 3 million people who now have employer-based care would lose it because their employers would decide to stop offering it.
In the past Obama repeatedly said, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Now he’s stopping short of that unconditional guarantee by saying nothing in the plan “requires” any change.
He’s dropped the “period.”