Obamacare Architect: ‘You Don’t Need a Doctor for Every Part of Your Health Care’


Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel told The O’Reilly Factor that you don’t necessarily need a doctor for every facet of your health care Tuesday night.

Host Bill O’Reilly brought up his concern that Obamacare was leading to a rise of walk-in clinics run by nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants, which Emanuel countered was simply a part of a complex health care system. Those lower-level medical people would do just fine for lower-level diagnoses, Emanuel argued.

“You don’t need a doctor for every part of your health care,” Emanuel said.

“But if I want strep throat diagnosis, I don’t want Lenny who just came out of the community college,” O’Reilly said.

A poll of more than 3,000 doctors last fall indicated 44 percent will not participate in the Obamacare exchanges, and O’Reilly said he couldn’t see how it could possibly work, mentioning an increased amount of “boutique services” in the medical industry.

“You’re just making speculation,” Emanuel said. “They will take Obamacare insurance.”