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Maryland Obamacare Exchange: 'No Doctors Are Found'
The Weekly Standard ^ | October 8, 2013 | Jeryl Bier

Posted on 10/08/2013 3:34:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

"If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor," President Obama assured the public as he worked to sell Obamacare in 2010. However, in July 2013, visitors to Healthcare.gov received a less confident "you may be able to" in answer to the question, "Can I keep my own doctor?" Beginning October 1, users of the Maryland Health Connection, that state's Obamacare insurance exchange, might have an even more basic question: Are there any doctors?

A consumer information update dated the day the exchange opened informed users (at least those who took the time to read the updates) that the doctor search function was not yet operational and they would need to visit an external website to find out which doctors accept which plans. The full update reads as follows [emphasis added]:

Search for your physician. If you are interested in understanding which health plans a particular doctor participates in, please visit https://providersearch.crisphealth.org – a new service sponsored by Maryland Health Connection. For the time being, doctors and other providers are not yet available in Maryland Health Connection; therefore, if you choose to search for them on the website, you will receive a message that “no doctors are found” message.

This update and several other consumer updates might help explain why as of noon on Monday, October 7, only 326 people in the state had successfully completed the application process. For example [emphasis added]:

REVIEW OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS CAREFULLY

The application’s built in calculator may underestimate total out-of-pocket costs in some cases. Remember that if you are eligible for reductions in cost sharing, only silver plans will qualify. So a bronze plan might cost less in premium, but more in total out of pocket cost. We expect this to be fixed in the very near future, so if you would prefer, please check back in the next several weeks.

SHOP ONE PERSON AT A TIME

In some cases, the application has trouble processing multiple applications at once. In case this happens to you, there is a solution: shop for each person separately. The price will be the same as if you are shopping together

SALARY CALCULATION

Please calculate your salary using annual, weekly, quarterly or monthly calculations. Our application is currently miscalculating the bi-weekly salary. You will be able to see the calculated salary to ensure that the information you input is correct.

The consumer update page does not yet indicate that any of these issues have been resolved.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: maryland; medicine; obamacare
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Hahahahaha!
1 posted on 10/08/2013 3:34:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They all quit or retired ....


2 posted on 10/08/2013 3:37:21 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Col Frank Slade

SHOP ONE PERSON AT A TIME

In some cases, the application has trouble processing multiple applications at once. In case this happens to you, there is a solution: shop for each person separately. The price will be the same as if you are shopping together

— “I have a bridge in NJ I’d like to sell you”.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 3:39:35 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Alex, I’ll take Clusters for $1,000”


4 posted on 10/08/2013 3:41:35 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Occupy the DC Mall - take back the monuments)
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To: Col Frank Slade
A lot of these so-called “glitches” suspiciously work in the government's favor, cost-wise, like many grocery stores who “accidentally” charge you more than the price on the shelves.
5 posted on 10/08/2013 3:42:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pay more for ZERO DOCTORS?


6 posted on 10/08/2013 3:44:04 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Col Frank Slade

I really think that the Democrats don’t want it to work. The more people sign up, the more people will find out how much they are screwed. A few technical glitches will slow things down.


7 posted on 10/08/2013 3:51:36 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUBAR


8 posted on 10/08/2013 3:55:06 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think a lot of software programmers are more conservative than they let on to be ;)


9 posted on 10/08/2013 4:00:18 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: dhs12345

No, they want single-payer and always have.


10 posted on 10/08/2013 4:01:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a big deal! - Joe Biden (profanity removed)


11 posted on 10/08/2013 4:02:20 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In ancient Rome, when citizens fled heavy taxes, government made it a capital offense to change professions and move away.

Tyranny repeats itself in funny ways. In this case, the income taxes on doctors lowers their after-tax income. Then in order to lower the cost of hiring a doctor, government imposes ever-lower rates of reimbursement. When doctors flee the system, government will flood the country with doctors from India, just as the UK has done. The last step is to copy Rome and forbid doctors from leaving the profession.


12 posted on 10/08/2013 4:02:49 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor,” President Obama assured the public


Technically, he wasn’t lying. You see, once Obamacare forces all the other insurance companies out of business, ALL doctors will become Obamacare doctors.


13 posted on 10/08/2013 4:03:01 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Both my Kidney doctor and diabetes doctor have quit the business and have gone Galt. The kidney doctor acquired several guns and moved into a bunker until Obooboo is gone.


14 posted on 10/08/2013 4:11:18 PM PDT by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yet another complete Obama failure.


15 posted on 10/08/2013 4:11:38 PM PDT by Gator113 (The mighty Bear ate the cowardly rat. Obama must resign.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; vette6387; Windflier; flat; unkus; MamaDearest; freekitty; mazda77; ZULU; ...

Call Dingy Harry and Eyeballs Pelosi’s offices and ask for a referral. In fact, everyone should call their elected RAT and ask if we’re just to go directly to their Death Panels. Wanna bet that’s their plan all along?


16 posted on 10/08/2013 4:14:02 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Boogieman
You see, once Obamacare forces all the other insurance companies out of business, ALL doctors will become Obamacare doctors.

Maybe not. They may become black market doctors. I can see doctors operating on a cash only basis. The black market is best when government is at it's worst.

17 posted on 10/08/2013 4:15:22 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what a mess!


18 posted on 10/08/2013 4:15:43 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: NonValueAdded
“Alex, I’ll take Clusters for $1,000”

Sitting here all by myself, I laughed out loud.

On a serious note, if people don't sign up, O'Care tanks. Period. It won't matter if it's funded or not.

Funny how the politicians think they have the last word with our lives but the fact remains, no people paying in every month = no O'Care.
19 posted on 10/08/2013 4:20:56 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The lack of doctors is going to be the story at the end of this thing. You cannot add 30 million people to a system that lacks Doctors already.

That is not going to correct itself any time soon.


20 posted on 10/08/2013 4:24:27 PM PDT by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The only way this gets better for Obama is if Congress allows Obama billions to hire new IT people; and the House won't be doing that.

If they haven't been able to do the site development in 3 years I don't know at this point what would make them show any kind of rapid improvement on the sites going forward.

21 posted on 10/08/2013 4:24:30 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Diogenesis
Pay more for ZERO DOCTORS?

The goal is that they will all be ZERO'S DOCTORS.

22 posted on 10/08/2013 4:24:57 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUBAR. ... if you threw a party and no one showed up ....


23 posted on 10/08/2013 4:26:09 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Vermont Lt

Good news for all those medical tourism folks, though. Real good news.


24 posted on 10/08/2013 4:28:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Vermont Lt

In many locations out of the urban sewers there are new Docs in a Box. They are geared for rapid care and will handle the 10% increase with economies of scale for routine visits

People who have doctors will not need to go there except on weekends or maybe after hours


25 posted on 10/08/2013 4:31:29 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Boogieman

ALL doctors will become Obamacare doctors.”

What they obviously forgot to include was the fact that there will be no doctors remaining in the state. Services will be provided by PA’s who are, however, quite adept at filling out a form and then wallah - out will pop your diagnosis and treatment plan.


26 posted on 10/08/2013 4:44:13 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Vermont Lt

There you go again - taking to make a logical argument against an illogical system.


27 posted on 10/08/2013 4:45:38 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Shannon

laughter is the best medicine :)

Appears that will be all we have left.


28 posted on 10/08/2013 4:52:49 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Occupy the DC Mall - take back the monuments)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Physicians are leaving the profession, in droves.


29 posted on 10/08/2013 4:55:03 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: All

When the republicans send a CR to the senate asking for fairness and that everyone be given a one year delay, they’re saying Obama has the power to change the law. They should be screaming from the rooftops telling people they don’t have to sign up for a year.


30 posted on 10/08/2013 5:04:46 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: bert

And where are those docs coming from. In MA with Romneycare an initial appointment with a PCP is about 300 days out.

Your Doc in a box is not going to cut it.


31 posted on 10/08/2013 5:06:51 PM PDT by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Stupid hurts.


32 posted on 10/08/2013 6:14:44 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only the stupid will buy through the exchanges. But the really stupid, will fall for the vendors with sites covertly run out of Belarus and the ‘navigators’ that are really door to door ID thieves.


33 posted on 10/08/2013 6:38:30 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: dhs12345

They don’t want it to work. It fails then its the evil insurance companies and single payer is the only answer...


34 posted on 10/08/2013 7:41:38 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Grams A

This doc will not be an Obamacare doc. I’ll sell pencils on the street corner before I will work in a single payer system


35 posted on 10/08/2013 7:45:56 PM PDT by Mom MD
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Very impressive indeed.


36 posted on 10/08/2013 7:53:45 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Mom MD

This doc will not be an Obamacare doc.”

Well, if your area is anything like ours, you’re going to have plenty enough patients. Both my internist and orthopod now take only private pay patients and unless you’ve been a long time patient, it’s tough to get seen. Several of my doctor clients are getting off managed care panels. Amazing how many patients are willing to be seen at private pay rates.

There will always be a need for good, caring doctors and patient’s who don’t want their medical history all over the internet are seeking them out.


37 posted on 10/08/2013 8:34:21 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

Fortuanately or unfortunately I am an internist who practices solely in the hospital ( a hospitalist). If we go single payier my only recourse will be to retire. I want to get my kids out of college first, but I won’t work in a NHS type system. I’ll work something else out first.....


38 posted on 10/08/2013 8:55:58 PM PDT by Mom MD
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To: Mom MD
I am an internist who practices solely in the hospital ( a hospitalist). If we go single payier my only recourse will be to retire.

I know a couple of formerly independent practitioners who closed their practices and went to work as hospitalists to escape the burden dealing with insurance companies and also to insulate their salaries from accounts payable uncertainties. So why would you be especially concerned already being a hospitalist? Regards.

39 posted on 10/08/2013 9:07:01 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

Meant accounts receivable


40 posted on 10/08/2013 9:20:52 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

My group is the only group at a mid sized suburban hospital. We have to take all patients admitted to the hospital no matter what their insurance or lack thereof. We do not have the luxury of turning down someone because of their insurance. And due to the expense of hospitalization there is no way we could do a cash only or concierge practice.

Medicare and Medicaid are bad enough. They just completely changed the rules on admission vs observation status on oct 1 with only about 2 months notice. My team and I has to learn an entirely new set of tules in a very short period of time guess wron, and they don’t pay.....I can only imagine what Obamacare will look like once it gets going


41 posted on 10/08/2013 10:19:02 PM PDT by Mom MD
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To: RedMDer
The goal is that they will all be ZERO'S DOCTORS.

But who would want to be one of Zero's doctors?

Once upon a time, an MD degree meant a nice car and a big house in the suburbs and being on call on Christmas every few years.

Now it means delivering health care "as the Secretary may require" and losing your shirt in compliance costs.

Obviously, it would behoove a young person of above average intelligence to seek other lines of work.

Elections have consequences, especially if you get sick.

42 posted on 10/08/2013 10:29:00 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

That’s why mine retired.


43 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:09 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: ejonesie22

Yup. This could be the set up.

I heard a Democrat the other day blaming the mess on the fact that they had to give on the single payer requirement. No doubt that was and is their plan.


44 posted on 10/09/2013 7:40:56 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: steve86; flaglady47; oswegodeee; mickie
Like your medical acquaintances, my family doctor recently also gave up his practice to work for a hospital. Nice assured income, lower overhead and bookkeeping costs are the underlying reasons.

Another of my doctors, along with his partner, have consolidated their practices with a large medical combine. Same reason.

A third doctor has just plain retired at a youngish middle age....he also told me he's going to go to work for a hospital.

I pay for Medicare, of course, plus Mutual of Omaha, my supplemental insurance, has increased its premiums from $2100 a year to almost $5000 a year in the past 18 months ALONE thanks to ObamaCare. I'm getting deathly afraid to go through my mail and see an envelope with Omaha's company logo on the upper left!

Ah, the liberal Utopia is rapidly enfolding us, but methinks we'll be too tired, poor and ailing to even enjoy it.

Leni

45 posted on 10/09/2013 8:03:49 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal
I did not know supplemental policies had gone up so much. No way will we be able to afford anything like that.

we'll be too tired, poor and ailing to even enjoy it.

Certainly appears that way.

46 posted on 10/09/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is no healthcare in Obamacare.


47 posted on 10/09/2013 9:33:11 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Maryland "Freak State" PING!

48 posted on 10/09/2013 1:04:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

MEGA FAIL!!


49 posted on 10/09/2013 1:16:17 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep, I unfortunately reside in Maryland.


50 posted on 10/09/2013 1:23:20 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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