You Want to Keep Your Doctor? ‘You Can Pay for It,’ Says Obamacare Architect

December 9, 2013 - 7:06 AM

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Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., an 'architect' of Obamacare (AP File Photo)

( – Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a former health policy adviser in the Obama White House, grudgingly admitted on Sunday that President Obama did promise the American people that they could keep their doctors if they liked them under Obamcare.

“No one guaranteed you that your premium wouldn't increase,” Emanuel, a medical doctor, told Fox News Sunday.

“The president guaranteed me I could keep my doctor,” Chris Wallace told Emanuel.

“And if you want to, you can pay for it,” Emanuel responded. “As a matter of fact, choice is something we all understand, and we all understand that for more choice, more benefits, you have to pay more.”

In recent days, President Obama and his liberal supporters, including Emanuel, have been making the case that the Affordable Care Act is good for the Americans, despite major problems with its implementation. Emanuel is described as an "architect" of the Affordable Care Act.

“The president never said you were going to have unlimited choice of any doctor in the country you wanted to go to,” he told Wallace on Sunday.

“Wait, no,” Wallace interrupted. "He asked a question. ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’ Did he not say that, sir?”

“He didn't say you can have unlimited choice,” Emanuel responded.

“It's a simple yes-or-no question,” Wallace said. “Did he say, ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor’?

“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. We know in all sorts of places you pay more for certain -- for a wider range of choices or a wider range of benefits.”

According to Emanuel, “People are going to have a choice as to whether they want to pay a certain amount for a selective network or pay more for a broader network. They get –"

“Which would mean your premiums would probably go up,” Wallace interrupted.

“They get that choice. That's a choice we always make… No one guaranteed you that your premium wouldn't increase.”

Ezekiel Emanuel is the brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is now the mayor of Chicago.