Skip to comments.Insurers limiting doctors, hospitals in health insurance market
Posted on 09/15/2013 7:53:03 AM PDT by Innovative
The doctor can't see you now.
Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
To hold down premiums, major insurers in California have sharply limited the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state's new health insurance market opening Oct. 1.
New data reveal the extent of those cuts in California, a crucial test bed for the federal healthcare law.
These diminished medical networks are fueling growing concerns that many patients will still struggle to get care despite the nation's biggest healthcare expansion in half a century.
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Notice how the MSM blames the “insurers” instead of ObamaCare
Actually it didn't even do that. It cut healthcare coverage by taxing away plans that were "too good" or "not enough".
I see this as a great opportunity for the entrepreneurs among us. Sure, I’ll have to plop down an extra $900 or so in taxes, but someone will still offer the insurance I WANT and am willing to PAY FOR, and others will continue to accept that insurance or cash in exchange for services.
This is the American way. Someone closes a door, so we find another door. Or go through the window. Or break down a wall. We will get through this, and it just might force us into a position where we actually fix the system.
Note I did not say 0bamacare will fix the system. However, it might bring about the circumstances that force the productive among us to fix the system in spite of 0bamacare.
I laugh when people talk about how we had such a health care crisis that Obamacare was an attempt to deal with it. Any problems we had were because of prior government meddling. I was born in 1944 and when I was a boy the doctor came to our house to see me when I was sick and my parents had no problem paying the bill even though we were far from well to do. When I reached adulthood I could drive to the same doctor’s office, sign in, sit down and see the doctor within an hour, no appointment necessary. A person with no insurance who had to go to the hospital would have a more affordable bill than the copay for the same visit would be now even for those who have good insurance. The real problem with medical care is and has been govenment meddling and it is all done to force eventual adoption of “single payer” medicine. Once that is accomplished you will be better off in most instances to consult a shaman or “root doctor” than to go the emergency room. Once the government achieves that and the other major goal which is total control over the food supply then we will all be slaves.
You can go to a private, self-pay doctor and pay around $50-100 for a routine office visit as an existing patient (depends on the time spent, practice and complexity). Lower rates are possible because the doctor’s office does not have to waste staff time submitting claims. More often than not, the private doctor will have non-electronic records, and you won’t be asked how many guns you have. Check aapsonline.org if you’re interested.
There is a lot waste in the administration these large plans.
Anthem, the ONLY provider for NH recently cut the in network hospitals able to provide OB-GYN to zero in northern NH.
If you're going to have a baby here, you'll now travel a hundred miles or more.
The pathetic thing is a large number of the hospital staff including doctors in the area are left wing extremists, backing zero and zerocare to the hilt.
“I see this as a great opportunity for the entrepreneurs among us.”
Unfortunately what you are missing is that the Obamacare law doesn’t allow deviation from the way they want to provide insurance and medical care.
Unlike Hillarycare from 1993, there is no penalty for a doctor seeing patients without going through the government program. Insurers are already offering plans that do not meet the 0bamacare guidelines and will continue to do so.
If nothing else, there will be a million little clinics over the border in Mexico and Canada to see Americans who can afford to travel for their choice in healthcare.
I say it again, this is a huge opportunity.
Don't get me wrong - if I break a leg I want a modern hospital. But for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome? Any and all of the chronic "diseases of civilization" that plague us - you'd be better off ignoring the doctors entirely.
I concur, jdege. The allopaths and homeopaths lost, and the surgeons won feral government recognition. There was room for all, but the surgeons helped themselves to the coercive power of government.
Defund this monster!! Kill it before it kills us!!
Go, Ted, GO!!
“Defund this monster!! Kill it before it kills us!!”
You can say that again, in all seriousness.
“Go, Ted, GO!!”
Sen. Ted Cruz: Obamacare is going to change what we see in movies
Sen. Ted Cruz is one of the big opponents of the Affordable Care Act.
Thursday night on Fox News, the Texas Senator called the fight to defund Obamacare the most important domestic fight we have had in years, while urging people to go on the national website DontFundIt.com and sign the national petition.
If the American People stand together, we can defund Obamacare, Cruz said to Sean Hannity on Fox news.