The Washington Times - December 29, 2013, 09:49AM

When Obamacare policies go into effect Jan. 1, some Americans may be surprised to learn that their favored doctors or specialists aren’t covered under new plans.

But supporters of the health-care reform law argue that the blame for that won’t rest with the Obama administration.


“Remember, this is the insurance industry that’s running this and the insurance industry always squeezes costs by eliminating possibilities of seeing people,” said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” Mr. Dean is also the former head of the Democratic National Committee.

“I don’t think, for the most part, that the Obama people get the blame for this,” Mr. Dean added.

Mr. Dean’s remarks underscore a key Democratic talking point surrounding Obamacare: if premiums rise dramatically, or if policyholders are extremely limited in which doctors they can visit, the responsibility will lie with the private insurance industry, not with the federal government or President Obama specifically.