This will be quick, but I can’t help but cut through this nice piece of “on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand” journalism by Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn. It’s from a piece supposedly offering a “primer” on the details of health care reform.
Mr. Obama has said repeatedly, as he told the American Medical Association in June: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
These assurances reflect an aspiration, but may not be literally true or enforceable.
The legislation does not require insurers or employers to continue offering the health benefits they now provide. The House bill sets detailed standards for “acceptable health care coverage,” which would define “essential benefits” and permissible co-payments. Employers that already offer insurance would have five years to bring their plans into compliance with the new federal standards.
Strangely, Pear and Herszenhorn don’t mention there’s nothing requiring your employer to continue offering you the health benefits they provide now. So yeah, it might be literally untrue in the sense there won’t be a law mandating your employer freeze the exact benefits you have, but this — unlike the outright lies about euthanasia — is semantic nitpicking.