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Thousands of doctors fired by United HealthCare
WTNH-TV ^ | October 10, 2013 | Jocelyn Maminta

Posted on 10/11/2013 7:34:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- In the midst of major changes in health care, United HealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors.

Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients.

Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients.

It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare.

A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time.

Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it's still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United network....

(Excerpt) Read more at wtnh.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: bhohealthcare; connecticut; healthcare; layoffs; medicare; medicine; seniors; unitedhealthcare
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So it begins.
1 posted on 10/11/2013 7:34:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday ...

The Sheeple don't even know what's about to hit .... Hold the line ...

2 posted on 10/11/2013 7:36:13 AM PDT by 11th_VA (I want a president who won't enforce tax laws ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you like your job you can keep your job...oops.


3 posted on 10/11/2013 7:37:50 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More confusion and chaos. Everyday there’s a new horror with Obamascare.


4 posted on 10/11/2013 7:38:07 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: 11th_VA

I have a family member in nursing school who is being trained on how to give a complete physical. For what its worth.


5 posted on 10/11/2013 7:38:14 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“So it begins.”
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How will it end? What will be left?


6 posted on 10/11/2013 7:38:51 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Those fired doctors should get together - open a practice with “cash only”.


7 posted on 10/11/2013 7:39:08 AM PDT by GYPSY286 (Politicians must USE their heads or Americans will LOSE their heads.)
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To: 11th_VA

I never imagined that being a patient at the VA medical system would be an advantage!


8 posted on 10/11/2013 7:39:48 AM 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

Does “pink slips” equate to Doctors being removed from the Unite HealthCare network?


9 posted on 10/11/2013 7:39:54 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; 11th_VA

Oh yes, the “barefoot doctor” plan like Communist Cuba and China.


10 posted on 10/11/2013 7:40:57 AM 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

Obamacare will make our healthcare worse.


11 posted on 10/11/2013 7:41:03 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

If you like your plan, you can keep it,
if you like your doctor, you can keep him...

He knew he was lying when he said these things.


12 posted on 10/11/2013 7:41:12 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Pelosi should be please they can finally pursue their real dreams of being a clown or a painter.


13 posted on 10/11/2013 7:43:04 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: GYPSY286
Those fired doctors should get together - open a practice with “cash only”.

That will not be permitted. That would make those doctors 'wreckers' in commie parlance. 'Wreckers' go to the gulags.

14 posted on 10/11/2013 7:44:03 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Hah! Made me laugh. so true.


15 posted on 10/11/2013 7:44:32 AM PDT by unsycophant
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To: TurboZamboni

Pelosi should be please they can finally pursue their real dreams of being a clown or a painter.


Certainly they can apply for unemployment benefits, which Pelousi maintains is one of the best types of stimulus for the economy.


16 posted on 10/11/2013 7:45:11 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: 11th_VA

The Sheeple don’t even know what’s about to hit .... Hold the line ...

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Yes, its going to get a LOT worse. The systemic complexity of this thing is mindboggling. It will collapse under its own weight.

The Sheeple are slowly starting to figure this out and now they can see the cost will be unaffordable as well.
Concern and confusion will slowly morph into outright resentment.

The government has totally screwed up healthcare. Dems are going to get the blame for this fiasco.


17 posted on 10/11/2013 7:45:57 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I never imagined that being a patient at the VA medical system would be an advantage!

It's definitely turned out that way, and I bet the VA will see hundreds of thousands of new enrollees once it's widely known that being enrolled with the VA keeps the enrollees from being ensnarled by the Obamacare fiasco.

18 posted on 10/11/2013 7:47:19 AM PDT by Will88
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To: MrB

The entire thing is a scam built on lies. A medical Ponzi scheme. Obama deceived the people and when they finally realize it he will pay a price for that.


19 posted on 10/11/2013 7:47:49 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: All

Andrew Puzder: ObamaCare and the Part-Time Economy

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303382004579127162339871336.html


20 posted on 10/11/2013 7:48:28 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can’t wait for the comments from the idiots in the CT congressional delegation..


21 posted on 10/11/2013 7:48:46 AM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oddly enough, there is a sign in the window at my dermotologist(SP) front window stating that they don’t accept the aarp approved United Health Care insurance. Been there for a long time so, is there a problem with united from the git-go? I don’t do anything associated with aarp. In fact they don’t even send me anything in the mail anymore after I hammered them several years ago.


22 posted on 10/11/2013 7:50:09 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A lot of people are going to learn the hard way that health care coverage and actual health care are two totally different things.


23 posted on 10/11/2013 7:50:35 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

wait until you’re the only person in the ward who can speak English ...


24 posted on 10/11/2013 7:51:47 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Starboard

The dems will get the blame as will everyone in DC, as they should, for not stopping it.

Still hearing callers saying, “I’m a conservative, have been for 53 and a half years bla bla bla, Ted Cruz didn’t do it correctly, he should have manipulated, twisted, anticipated, not said...”

Oh and the radio host (NOT Rush, Levin, nor even Hannity) agrees, “oh, yes well harrumph, I like Cruz, but...”

The whole lot of them will get blamed EXCEPT for Cruz and anyone who was aware enough of his own job description to stand with him.

There will be no doubt who was against Obamacare.


25 posted on 10/11/2013 7:51:55 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Starboard

This is exactly why I do NOT want any delays in implementing 0baMaocare....I want it to start affecting voters and their pocketbooks - with a full year to let it all sink in before the 2014 elections.


26 posted on 10/11/2013 7:52:10 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Karl Marx would be proud.


27 posted on 10/11/2013 7:52:29 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

including performing abortions?

new law (I think in Cali) says nurses can do them


28 posted on 10/11/2013 7:52:50 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All seniors who voted for 0bama please applaud and raise your AARP card.


29 posted on 10/11/2013 7:53:32 AM PDT by beekay
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To: MrB

If you want to keep your doctor, you may have to move to Costa Rica with him!


30 posted on 10/11/2013 7:54:03 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Medicare Advantage regs differ from state to state.

Something doesn’t ring true about this article.

In my state, all an insurance co has to do is withdraw from the Medicare Advantage program. My 2013 insurance co just did that for 2014. Other insurers have dropped out in previous years, and some new ones have been added in recent years.

Additionally, doctors have the option of accepting Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans. My Internist’s clinic accepts some, but not all.

Perhaps the MA set-up in CT is different, but in my state and in adjoining state, MA insurance companies do not employ doctors for MA.

It sounds more like UnitedHealthCare reduced their ‘network’ of doctors. That probably means they are dropping out of the MA for next year.


31 posted on 10/11/2013 7:54:05 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Starboard
And idiots like McCain, who could point to this as prima facia evidence of the impending fuster cluck, instead choose to denounce efforts by the few politicians with gumption to delay ObaMaoCare.

What happens when you reduce supply and increase demand?

32 posted on 10/11/2013 7:55:10 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: AlexW
How will it end? What will be left?

Say "Aaaah..."


33 posted on 10/11/2013 7:55:16 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: stanne

Everyday a new problem with Obamacare comes up, the better Cruz looks. I think he knows full well that Obamacare will inevitably collapse under its own weight and those who pushed for it will be held accountable by the voters when they finally see its unworkable.


34 posted on 10/11/2013 7:56:08 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard

How any one could EVER believe that anything good could EVER come from a 2000 page bill that was passed by a process THIS corrupt, just boggles the mind.


35 posted on 10/11/2013 7:56:40 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For patients, he (0bama) made a sweeping pledge that “no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.”

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/06/15/obama-if-you-like-your-doctor-you-can-keep-your-doctor/

36 posted on 10/11/2013 7:57:17 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("So the minimum plan for obamacare is 100 bucks a month I like you Obama but nigga I'm broke")
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To: Starboard

Yep. If Dems were smart they’d take that one-year delay from the RINOS and fall to their knees in eternal gratitude.
Just can’t get that by Barry’s massive ego.


37 posted on 10/11/2013 7:57:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MrB
Probably.

The reality is, he didn't care whether the words he spoke were the truth!

Barack Obama truly is our modern-day Marie Antoinette!

His first cavalier, then mean and vicious behavior is bordering on Ivan the Terrible!

38 posted on 10/11/2013 7:59:04 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Vigilanteman

McCain is a major problem that the Republican Party needs to deal with. He has done significant damage to the party brand, such as it is. Someone has to show him the exit door and tell him to join his pals on the other side of the isle. The rest of the RINOs will quickly get the message.


39 posted on 10/11/2013 8:00:36 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am seeing ads now for Capitol Blue Cross that says they are in ALL 50 States. I don’t know of any other company that can make that claim. Are they the chosen Obamacare Provider?


40 posted on 10/11/2013 8:00:38 AM PDT by codder too
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To: Starboard
Dems are going to get the blame for this fiasco...Obama deceived the people and when they finally realize it he will pay a price for that.

Wish I were so optimistic.

41 posted on 10/11/2013 8:01:49 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Since open enrollment begins next Tuesday, 15 Oct., we all need to be on the alert for HMOs across the US making announcements either today (Fri) or next Monday, assuming they won’t do so on the weekend.

So will it be at close of business today? Tens or likely hundreds of thousands of doctors suddenly let go across the US?


42 posted on 10/11/2013 8:02:30 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: rktman

Last year (2012 for 2013), I stayed signed up with the Medicare Advantage plan I had the previous year. Soon after the enrollment period started last October, I got a letter from SocialSecurity/Medicare. The letter stated that the insurer of my plan did not have very high recommendation marks and that I should consider changing plans. The plan 'recommended' by the letter was the AARP UnitedHealth plan.

Soon thereafter, I got a letter from my insurer stating that their rating was in the same range (3 stars) as other plans in my state and they planned to continue service and even add new features.

==

That proved to me that SS/Medicare was instructed to break their own regulation which prohibits insurers from contacting perspective clients for the purpose of getting them to join a specific Medicare Advantage plan. Insurers can run general information ads, however.


43 posted on 10/11/2013 8:03:13 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Starboard
Dems are going to get the blame for this fiasco

Oh no they aren't.
All of the citizens who are currently receiving something for nothing, along with all of the unwashed masses flooding in are changing the electoral total dynamic. - if we allow it.

Why do you think the dems are adamant about not dealing now?

Do you think that they give one whit about free healthcare for any reason other than to build an unbreakable one party lock on all levels of government?

44 posted on 10/11/2013 8:03:24 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: MrB

Some delusional people think their goal is so worthy that they can lie their asses off to obtain it. Communist are specialists at this. So is the devil.


45 posted on 10/11/2013 8:04:00 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: fabian

Another factor on the left is that they believe that they must lie because the people are too intellectually inferior to understand the worthiness of the goal.


46 posted on 10/11/2013 8:05:24 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a cluster


47 posted on 10/11/2013 8:07:38 AM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: MrB

I don’t know if they are that sophisticated. I know sometimes they know full well they lie, but the lie sounds better than the truth and they need to do that in order to get what they “think” is good. All leads to ruination...just like obummercare.


48 posted on 10/11/2013 8:09:47 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: bill1952

Agree that Dems wanted to hook people and expand government’s role in healthcare for policial and ideological reasons.

However, IMHO we haven’t yet seen the real scope of problems with Obamacare. Give it a little longer and you’ll see some real horror stories that can’t be covered up by the media.

The complexity of this thing is beyond comprehension. The costs will be astronomical. The medical privacy we once enjoyed will be totally gone. The quality of care will be abysmal.

The average American will know who to blame.


49 posted on 10/11/2013 8:12:46 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My guess is, this was not supposed to happen until after the 2014 elections. Stay tuned.

On second thought, I’m sure Rush will once again point out this is a huge win for Obama.


50 posted on 10/11/2013 8:13:29 AM PDT by Artcore
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