Obamacare: Rationed Care, Rationed Doctors
March 11, 2014 by Bob Livingston
Promises by the regime that patients could keep their doctor once transitioned to Obamacare have proven as false as the rest of the regimeâs promises.
Obamacare has nothing to do with healthcare. Itâs a big government boondoggle designed to transfer wealth, further enrich the medical-pharmaceutical-health insurance complex, limit choices and steal away medical freedom.
According to the Citizensâ Council for Health Freedom, âObamacare provides more money for family doctors than specialists, even though specialty care is what saves limbs, gives new life to hearts, and extends life. It also sets up the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to ration care and limit access to specialists by forbidding payment for certain care. The law also spends a $1 billion to conduct rationing-based âcomparative effectivenessâ research through the euphemistically titled âPatient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.â PCORI research will inform IPAB decisions.â
Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that Californians are having trouble finding doctors and are getting faulty information on which ones are accepting Obamacare policies. Here is one example from the article:
Aliso Viejo resident Danielle Nelson said Anthem Blue Cross promised half a dozen times that her oncologists would be covered under her new policy. She was diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and discovered a suspicious lump near her jaw in early January.
But when she went to her oncologist’s office, she promptly encountered a bright orange sign saying that Covered California plans are not accepted.
“I’m a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can’t sleep at night,” Nelson said. “I can’t imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen.”
To hold down premiums under the healthcare law, major insurers have sharply cut the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market.
The law was written with the attempt to hold down premiums for the few years until Obamacare comes to be accepted as inevitable and people are conned or forced into buying into the system. This has limited doctor and treatment options out of necessity.
Bottom line: Donât sign up for Obamacare. The system will collapse. Plus, doctors and hospitals are beginning to do some creative things with non-Obamacare coverage options. Another option is medical tourism.