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Thursday, July 22, 2010

More Good News From HCR: Limiting Choice Of Doctor

Backroom conversation:  "They bought it!  The fools.  They really think we'll let them keep their plan."

From the NY Times (July 17),
"As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals.
 The tradeoff, they say, is that more Americans will be asked to pay higher prices for the privilege of choosing or keeping their own doctors if they are outside the new networks. That could come as a surprise to many who remember the repeated assurances from President Obama and other officials that consumers would retain a variety of health-care choices."
Actually, he said you can keep your plan.

I guess not.

[One caveat:  incentives to select from a network of physicians are not new, they're typical.  My plan does this.  But when you join those plans you know that.  They don't lie to you about it.]

Despite all the denials, the fact is that options will be limited, people will lose their plan and their doctor.  From a political perspective, it will be interesting to se all the excuses we'll hear (read the article for the first round). 

I expect some or all of the following (based on watching political damage control over the years):
--We didn't really say that.
--You misunderstood.
--I didn't calibrate my words correctly
--It's less expensive this way.

--Many people change doctors anyway.
--It's necessary for this great plan to work.
--Don't you care about the uninsured?
--It's really for the best.
--You'll like it when you get used to it.
--You knew we really didn't mean it.

Don't you get tired of people thinking you're stupid?

Doc D

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