Today, President Obama stated that if you like your doctor, you may not be able to keep your doctor. That breaks yet another one of his crucial Obamacare campaign pledges -- a pledge he has made dozens of times over the past few years.
At a townhall on June 11, 2009, Obama told a townhall event in Green Bay, Wisconsin, “No matter how we reform health care, I intend to keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”
On June 15, 2009, Obama told the American Medical Association, “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”
On August 15, 2009, while stumping for Obamacare during his weekly video address, President Obama stated, “First, no matter what you’ve heard, if you like your doctor or healthcare plan, you can keep it.”
On July 18, 2009, Obama stated, “Michelle and I don’t want anyone telling us who our family’s doctor should be – and no one should decide that for you either. Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.”
In March 19, 2010, Obama explained, “If you like your doctor, you’re going to be able to keep your doctor. If you like your plan, keep your plan. I don’t believe we should give government or the insurance companies more control over health care in America. I think it’s time to give you, the American people, more control over your health.”
On April 1, 2010, Obama told a crowd in Portland, Maine, “if Americans like their doctor, they will keep their doctor. And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.”
During his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney on October 3, 2012, Obama said, “If you've got health insurance, it doesn't mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor. But it does say insurance companies can't jerk you around."
All in all, according to Politifact, Obama made the “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor pledge” some 29 times between his inauguration and November 4, 2013.