President Obama Inadvertently Admits Some Provisions "Got Snuck In" to Democrats' Health Care Bills - Video 1/29/10
Here is video of President Obama yesterday inadvertently admitting that there were elements of the Democrats' Health Care Bills in the House and/or Senate that were "snuck in" that may have violated pledges made by the Obama Administration to allow people to keep their current health care coverage if they preferred.
Obama made the statement in an off-handed way, but he clearly admitted provisions were "snuck in":
The last thing I will say, though -- let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we've presented -- and there's some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your -- if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.
Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics writes:
This was one of the core debates on health care throughout last year: Would President Obama and the Democrats' legislation allow government to come between citizens and their choice of doctors and insurers? Obama promised it wouldn't. Republicans said it would, and this was one of the aspects of the legislation that led them to characterize it as a government takeover of health care - the same characterization that Obama chastized the GOP for today.
So it's a bit of shock to find out now - from the President himself, no less - that one or both of the bills that passed Congress late last year (the House passed its version in late November, the Senate on Christmas Eve Day) contained language that would have violated this pledge.