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Obamacare Website No Longer Addresses 'You Can Keep Your Doctor'
If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor was President Barack Obama's signature catchphrase he used to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. Now Obamacare's flagship website, healthcare.gov, no longer even addresses the issue. Ironically, the section in question was the first public (if indirect) admission by the Obama administration that the president's promise was less than a guarantee. As THE WEEKLY STANDARD first reported in July 2013, the website told consumers that they may be able to keep your current doctor, in contrast to the president's unequivocal statement: Here is a guarantee that I've made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.

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Obamacare website removes all traces of 'you can keep your doctor'

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Well, well, well. Could this finally be an admission from the Obama administration that Obamacare isn’t working as planned? Obamacare’s flagship website, healthcare.gov, has removed any trace of Obama’s now-infamous promise that, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”:

The original website contained a section entitled “Can I keep my own doctor?“, later revised to “How to keep your doctor.” A version of the website as of last October can be seen here.

Just before open enrollment began last year, however, this section was dropped. Now the same link takes users to a section entitled “How to pick a health insurance plan.” (The internet address that contains the words “keep-your-doctor” redirects to an address ending with “plan-types.”)

The closest the website comes to mentioning the president’s “keep your doctor” commitment is, “To be certain your doctor is included in your plan’s network, contact the plan or provider for the most up-to-date information.”

Interestingly, this covert edit comes on the heels of an eye-opening report that “36 percent of [Obamacare] exchange market rating regions in the United States in 2017 will have just one health insurance carrier.”

In other words: no, you can’t keep your doctor and no, many of you won’t have a choice in insurers.

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Win for women’s health! Insurance companies have been breaking the law and failing to give women the no-cost birth control that they deserve. We fought back and the Department of Health and Human Services – which helps enforce the health care law – made it absolutely clear that all women’s FDA-approved birth control methods must be covered. Take that, insurance companies!

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Obama Just Became the First Sitting President to Publish an Academic Paper
The science community is freaking out over #ObamaJAMA.
By Mic

Barack Obama just became the first sitting president to publish a scholarly article.

The article, titled “United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps,” with “Barack Obama, JD” listed as the author, was published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (known as JAMA) on July 11.

It’s a pretty badass move for a president, and he got a lot of love on Twitter with the hashtag #ObamaJAMA.

What’s in the article

Basically, Obama is laying out how the next president could continue to improve health care. Obama recommends things like lowering the cost of prescription drugs and making a “public option” available for people buying health care coverage as a cheaper alternative to buying coverage from private companies.

Keep in mind the article isn’t marked as peer-reviewed, though it did go through extensive fact checking and editing, Forbes reported.

“While we of course recognized the author is the president of the United States, JAMA has enormously high standards and we certainly expected the president to meet those standards,” Howard Bauchner, JAMA editor-in-chief, told Bloomberg in an interview.

Defending Obamacare

In the article, Obama lays out a rigorous defense of the Affordable Care Act and how much progress we’ve made.

“Since the ACA became law, the uninsured rate has declined by 43%, from 16.0% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015,” Obama wrote.

But the work is far from done. “Despite this progress, too many Americans still strain to pay for their physician visits and prescriptions, cover their deductibles, or pay their monthly insurance bills; struggle to navigate a complex, sometimes bewildering system; and remain uninsured,” wrote the president.

The future of health care under Clinton or Trump

Obama recommends future policies that will expand the Affordable Care Act, make prescriptions less expensive and introduce a public option plan for health insurance.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seems more in-tune with Obama’s health care policies and has thrown her support behind expanding taxpayer-funded insurance options. Presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act if elected.

Read more:

Obamacare Just Made History for the Best Possible Reason
How Obamacare is Revolutionizing Health Care For American Women
One Law Stands Between Us and a Dystopian Health Care Surveillance Nightmare: Obamacare.
Kroger will offer transgender workers full health coverage

Midwestern supermarket chain The Kroger Co. will offer full health insurance coverage for transgender employees’ specific medical needs from next year, a company spokesperson confirmed to Fusion this afternoon.

Kroger made the announcement on Friday on the company’s internal social networking site:

We are excited to announce that The Kroger Co. has added transgender health benefits for eligible employees enrolled in an Anthem BCBS administered plan offered under the company-sponsored health insurance plan… Beginning January 1, 2016, medical procedures including surgery and drug therapy for gender reassignment will be covered up to a $100,000 lifetime maximum for eligible associates and their dependents.

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Please fire me. Today I brought in a ham sandwich (I work in a hospital as a receptionist) and a man came up to me saying (exact quote) “Hey lady, could you not eat that disgusting peace of cr#p in here, my kid doesn’t like pork.” My sudden response was “If your kid doesn’t like it then he shouldn’t look then, should he?” After that the guy waited outside the hospital and slapped me when I came out after my shift.

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Health care is a right. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, affordable access to care is a reality for millions of people who didn’t have it before. Now, a Supreme Court case threatens to roll back that progress and take away 9.3 million Americans’ health coverage — disproportionately impacting women and people of color.

Want to fight back? Speak out and tell the Supreme Court: Don’t take away our health care.