ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: President Obama used different language tonight to argue that his health care plan won’t force people off of their current health plans.
“If you are happy with your plan, and if you are happy with your doctor, we don’t want you to have to change,” the president said.
Then, he made a slightly different claim: “If you’re happy with your plan and your doctor, you stick with it.”
Last week, the president gave a speech where he made a more sweeping guarantee: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”
But -- as the president acknowledged at his news conference Tuesday -- that’s not really a pledge he can promise to deliver on. Private companies are always free to choose different health plans for their employees, and that’s not something Obama’s plan would change.
“When I say if you have your plan and you like it, . . . or you have a doctor and you like your doctor, that you don't have to change plans, what I'm saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform,” the president said Tuesday.