Then: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.”
Now: “But for the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices, and they might end up having to switch doctors.”
It’s not clear what Obama means when he suggests “many” of the “average” don’t have health insurance, since the “average” American has always had health insurance. The percentage of Americans telling the Gallup organization that they don’t have health insurance has ranged from 13.9 percent in late summer 2008 to 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013. The rate dropped to 15.9 percent in their most recent figures.