Sunday, May 18, 2014

Patients losing doctors and hospitals due to Obamacare

Many people who had insurance that they liked, and was affordable, have lost their healthcare plans, or will lose them, and are being forced to, unless they want to pay a penalty, purchases a plan on the Obama website.

To make matters worse, many doctors and hospitals are not accepting these plans, so people are being forced to find new doctors, and new hospitals, sometimes having to travel long distances.
So who do you think is the bad by here? No, it's not Obama, who is above it all. The people who are being blamed are the hospitals and the doctors. They are thinking of their selfish gain over and above their patients.

But, look folks, physicians are people too.  They need to make money just like anyone else.  Many have discovered, and I have met many of them, that it's simply not worth taking patients who are on medicare, and that's basically what Obamacare amounts to.  Doctors can make more money by charging individuals and insurance companies, than they can Medicare.

This should not come as a surprise.  If you want mom and dad to pay, then you are going to have to have to live under their rules.  In order to keep government costs low, it changes the rules, and, in some cases, makes up its own rules. This should not come as a surprise.

Many patients are stunned.  They were told "If you like your plan you can keep your plan."  But there was not way this could have been possible, not when the government is involved.  They were told, "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor."  But now doctors are refusing to accept Medicare, so these patients are being forced to look elsewhere for doctors.

Kelli Kennedy, writing for the Associated Press, "Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans," said:
Michelle Pool is one of those customers. Before enrolling in a new health plan on California's exchange, she checked whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken.
Her $352 a month gold plan was cheaper than what she'd paid under her husband's insurance and seemed like a good deal because of her numerous pre-existing conditions. But after her insurance card came in the mail, the Vista, California resident learned her doctor wasn't taking her new insurance.
Terry Baynes, writing for Reuters, "California consumers say duped by Blue Shield's limited Obamacare plan, said:
Consumers who purchased new health plans from Blue Shield of California have sued the insurer, claiming they were misled into thinking the insurance would cover their desired doctors and hospitals.
In their complaint filed in California state court on Wednesday, San Francisco residents John Harrington and Alex Talon accused Blue Shield of misrepresenting that their plans, sold on California's health exchange, would cover the full provider network advertised on the company's website.

They sued on behalf of a class of people who had purchased so-called "preferred provider organization" plans from the insurer only to realize that the doctor and hospital networks for their plans were limited.
Stunning? Not really. This is the kind of stuff the opponents of Obamacare have been saying all along.  It's the kind of stuff that was reported as far back as when Hilary tried to get Hillarycare passed pack in the early 1990s.

Despite all the warnings, the media chose not to pay attention. This is why so many people were misiled into supporting Obamacare.  Now, here we have the AP blaming doctors, and Reuters blaming insurance companies.  The rest of us know who the true culprits are.

We know that Obama and the democrats have lied to people for years about what Obamacare is all about, and the media just goes along for the ride.The president has failed the people, the democrats have failed the people, and the media has failed the people.