Looks like Obama may indeed have put his foot in his mouth on that one, by not being explicit enough...
Claim: If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.
Obama has repeatedly made this claim, and the White House continues to use the line on its website. The law doesn’t force Americans to pick new plans or new doctors, but the president simply can’t make this promise to everyone. There’s no guarantee that your employer won’t switch plans, just as companies could have done before the law. And if you switch jobs, your new work-based coverage might not have your doctor as an in-network provider, either.
As we mentioned above, some employees won’t have an offer of insurance and will look for a new plan on the exchanges. Some small businesses could drop their current plans and join the exchanges, too. Grocery store chain Trader Joe’s, for instance, announced that it will direct its part-time workers (less than 30 hours per week) to the exchanges for health coverage and provide them with $500 to help purchase it, as of Jan. 1, 2014. The company, which has provided coverage to such workers, said “many crew members should be able to obtain health care coverage at very little, if any, net cost.”
There is a similar analysis on PolitiFact. When you follow the links on WhiteHouse.gov where they try to clarify this they backpedal a bit. They say "your plan will probably be strengthened", by which they mean that it will now have to meet the new minimum requirements. This is why crappy plans are being discontinued and replaced with better ones that offer more coverage- so you certainly get to keep at least the same coverage. It probably will cost more, though- but then, you get better coverage.
This is really what is happening to almost everyone who is seeing an 'increase' in premiums, by the way- they are just being forced to get better coverage. Understandably, this is unpopular, because people have trouble thinking long-term. (And generally does not affect the 80% of Americans who get their insurance through their employer- assuming that the employer doesn't pull any shenanigans, but that's on them.)
Still, yeah, foot-in-mouth. I understand that he needs to keep the sound bites short and simple, but he could have done better, there.
OTOH, Politifact recently made a synopsis of Ted Cruz statements:
Apparently the only thing he's said that they rate TRUE is "We have a federal government that thinks they have the authority to regulate our toilet seats." Because the federal government does, apparently, regulate toilet seats under the Commerce Clause.
None of his MOSTLY TRUE or HALF TRUE statements were about the ACA, either...