WaPo: Obamacare’s Limits on Doctors Will ‘Make People Furious’

Wynton Hall
Breitbart.com
Big Journalism
13 Jan 2014

Washington Post health care reporter Sarah Kliff said Monday that the next wave of Obamacare outrage will hit as Obamacare enrollees discover that their choice of doctors and hospitals is about to shrink dramatically.

“Obamacare’s narrow networks are going to make people furious – but they might control costs,” wrote Kliff.

Narrowing a network means limiting patient choice of doctors and hospitals in an effort to cut costs. A McKinsey and Co. study says that 38% of Obamacare plans allow patients to choose from only 30% of the 20 largest hospitals in their geographic regions, with another 32% leaving patients 31%-70% of these.

Even Obamacare supporter Timothy Jost, who writes for Health Affairs, concedes Obamacare enrollees will be “unhappy to learn that their doctors are not available and shocked to discover charges from out-of-network specialists when they go to in-network hospitals.”

The controversial Obamacare program remains overwhelmingly unpopular; the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls finds just 40% of Americans support President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

Obamacare will cost U.S. taxpayers $2.6 trillion over the next ten years.

 

 

 

Related:   Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare

New Obamacare health insurance enrollees may feel a pang of envy when they eye the coverage plans offered by Walmart to its employees.

For many years, the giant discount retailer has been the target of unions and liberal activists who have harshly criticized the company’s health care plans, calling them “notorious for failing to provide health benefits” and “substandard.”

But a Washington Examiner comparison of the two health insurance programs found that Walmart’s plan is more affordable and provides significantly better access to high-quality medical care than Obamacare…

 

 

 

Obama Affordable Care Act Hurts Twice As Many As It Helps

In 2014, 25 million to 30 million Americans who have employer-provided health insurance are likely to lose it, thanks to ObamaCare’s requirement that all plans cover what Washington deems “essential benefits.”

Some employers will consider that unaffordable and drop coverage altogether, when their current, less-expensive plans expire over the course of the year. These 25 million to 30 million are in addition to 6 million who bought plans in the individual market and had them canceled by Jan. 1…

 

 

Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare

…it’s bad enough that Obamacare is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to funnel $1,071,000,000,000.00 (that’s $1.071 trillion) over the next decade (2014 to 2023) from American taxpayers,through Washington, to health insurance companies.  It’s even worse that Obamacare is trying to coerce Americans into buying those same insurers’ product (although there are escape routes).  It’s almost unbelievable that it will also subsidize those same insurers’ losses.

 

Read the whole thing.

 

 

USA Today Blasts ObamaCare’s War Against Little Sisters of the Poor

The Editorial Board of USA Today tore into the Obama Administration Monday over ObamaCare’s war against Catholics, specifically the Little Sisters of the Poor — a group of nuns who, thanks to the president’s contraception mandate, will either have to violate their religious conscience or face financial ruin.

 

 

 

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