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Axelrod hammered on 'you can keep it'

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Former White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod had no allies on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday when he was asked repeatedly by a roundtable of journalists and pundits why the president told Americans if they liked their health care plan, they could keep it.

“Can’t we say that, in fact, it is not true that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, that premiums won’t go up? I mean these are things that already are evidently not the case,” Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol asked Axelrod on Sunday.

“No, no, we can say in this small cohort of people who got bad health care policies, substandard health care policies after the law went into effect that they will have to transition to other policies,” Axelrod said, describing his own experience of signing up for a plan that he discovered was inadequate when his daughter was diagnosed with a chronic health issue.

Moderator David Gregory asked Axelrod why she or anybody else didn’t stop President Barack Obama from saying “‘No matter what, you’re going to keep your health care plan.’”

“Hindsight is 20/20,” Axelrod said.

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