A stunning update on "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"

Mar 03, 2014 -- 3:00pm

A stunning update on "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"  (March 3, 2014)


The stunner about this is revealed at the end.   From the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition...

This is from a memo written by White House aide Todd Stern regarding a draft of the State of the Union speech mentioning health care:  

"We have a line on page 10 that says - You'll pick the health plan and the doctor of your choice - this sounds great and I know that it's just what people want to hear.   But can we get away with it?   To appear to promise the nation that everyone will get to pick the doctor of his or her choice.   That's exactly what this line does.   I am very worried about getting skewered for over-promising here on something we know full well we won't deliver."

Did I mention the date on this memo?

January 22, 1994!

Yes, you may have thought it was very recent, but it was from President Clinton's administration, regarding his speech mentioning proposed health-care reform.

This memo was part of the documents released on Friday by the National Archives and the Clinton Presidential Library. 






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Clark Howard