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Reince Priebus: Obama lied. You can’t keep your doctor

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Imagine GEICO claiming it never said, “Fifteen minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance.” No one would ever take the gecko seriously again — to the extent that anyone takes a gecko seriously — because that’s long been the selling point of their product, as anyone who’s watched television in the past decade can tell you.

President Obama, however, seems to think he can get by with rewriting a promise he repeated over and over again to sell his product.

Democrats’ central promise and key selling point for Obamacare was, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

But now Americans have discovered that’s a lie; they’re losing their plans and their doctors.

Instead of admitting the truth, the president is insisting Americans misheard him on dozens of occasions. “What we said was you can keep [your plan] if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,” he said recently.

No, that’s not what they said. There were no caveats, no ifs, ands or buts. Even PolitiFact was quick to award the president a “Pants on Fire” for lying about his lie.

Although the president tries to save face, American families are scrambling as they lose the plans they liked and lose their doctors. Nearly 4.5 million Americans have lost their individual insurance plans, and that number will continue to increase. In Florida alone, 330,000 individuals aren’t able to keep their plans as promised.

The Republican National Committee has set up a website (GOP.com/TellUs) for Americans to share their stories about how Obamacare has negatively impacted them. We’re hearing many stories of patients who can’t see their doctors anymore.

Melissa A. wrote, “Not only have we lost our doctors because they’ve dropped plans due to rising healthcare costs, our insurance premiums at work for 2014 are now going up. …”

They’re not alone. The Palm Beach Post reported that under Obamacare “health insurance rates in Florida will rise by 5 to 20 percent in the small-group market, and 30 to 40 percent in the individual market.”

As insurance companies grapple with the rules and regulations of Obamacare and try to keep prices low, they’re offering much smaller networks of doctors and facilities — meaning Americans have to choose between keeping their doctor or paying sky-high bills out-of-pocket.

These are changes that would not be happening were it not for Democrats’ poorly conceived law.

Worse, Democrats knew this would happen and lied about it. They didn’t care.

Their chief goal was to turn over America’s health care system to government bureaucrats — regardless of the cost.

With the law clearly built on lie after lie, it makes you wonder what else the Democrats are lying to us about when it comes to Obamacare.

With a special election coming up, voters have an opportunity to send a clear message to Democrats: Stop the blatant lies. Voters can’t afford to send someone to Washington who will lie about improving health care, rather than actually improving health care.

Next March, hold Democrats accountable. Fifteen minutes could save your health insurance.

Reince Priebus is the chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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