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NYT: Hospital, doctor choices may be rationed on new health exchanges
NBC ^ | 09/23/13 | Robert Pear The New York Times

Posted on 09/24/2013 5:03:06 AM PDT by 11th_VA

Federal officials often say that health insurance will cost consumers less than expected under President Obama’s health care law. But they rarely mention one big reason: many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers.

From California to Illinois to New Hampshire, and in many states in between, insurers are driving down premiums by restricting the number of providers who will treat patients in their new health plans.

When insurance marketplaces open on Oct. 1, most of those shopping for coverage will be low- and moderate-income people for whom price is paramount. To hold down costs, insurers say, they have created smaller networks of doctors and hospitals than are typically found in commercial insurance. And those health care providers will, in many cases, be paid less than what they have been receiving from commercial insurers.

SNIP

Even though insurers will be forbidden to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, they could subtly discourage the enrollment of sicker patients by limiting the size of their provider networks.

“If a health plan has a narrow network that excludes many doctors, that may shoo away patients with expensive pre-existing conditions who have established relationships with doctors,” said Mark E. Rust, the chairman of the national health care practice at Barnes & Thornburg, a law firm. “Some insurers do not want those patients who, for medical reasons, require a broad network of providers.”

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aca; communism; corruption; democrats; exchanges; fraud; govtabuse; healthexchanges; healthinsurance; nobamacare; obama; obamacare; pelosi; singlepayer; tyranny
Good article, especially if you weren't allowed to "keep your existing insurance" due to Obamacare, and have been forced on the exchanges ...
1 posted on 09/24/2013 5:03:06 AM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

Gee ... didn’t see that coming! [/s]


2 posted on 09/24/2013 5:06:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: 11th_VA

“MAY BE”.....jezzzz, it’s may be this week, the story will disappear as soon as it turns to “will be”..right Times?


3 posted on 09/24/2013 5:08:49 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 11th_VA

I’m not at all surprised. Unfortunately, I think this will just give fuel to the fire for what Obama has really wanted all along: a government-controlled, single payer system.


4 posted on 09/24/2013 5:11:55 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: 11th_VA

Well, duh...


5 posted on 09/24/2013 5:15:47 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: DemforBush

yup.


6 posted on 09/24/2013 5:16:10 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: 11th_VA

It’s not only doctor choices that will be limited. Pharmacy choices will be as well. Rather than using the pharmacy down the street that you’ve always used, you may have to drive across town - contributing to globull warming.


7 posted on 09/24/2013 5:16:36 AM PDT by randita
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To: 11th_VA

Collectivists love shortages of everything.


8 posted on 09/24/2013 5:26:15 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: 11th_VA

...and Ted Cruz is so evil for trying to stop this nonsense. Ted Cruz is something the establishment hasn’t seen in a long time: a leader.


9 posted on 09/24/2013 5:27:30 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: 11th_VA

They just the announced the health care exchange in my home state of West Virginia, there is a grand total of ONE insurance company participating. So much for a competitive market place....


10 posted on 09/24/2013 5:59:15 AM PDT by apillar
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To: 11th_VA

FMG’s


11 posted on 09/24/2013 6:09:48 AM PDT by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: 11th_VA

It’s not rationing... it’s a focused delivery option. < /potential Obama Newspeak>


12 posted on 09/24/2013 6:30:04 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Why is our military going to be used as Al Qaeda's air force in Syria?)
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To: 11th_VA

The democrats are going to have a lot of explaining to do in the near future.


13 posted on 09/24/2013 6:37:48 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: RWB Patriot
The democrats are going to have a lot of explaining to do in the near future.

No they won't. They'll just blame the evil Tea Party and the GOP and the media and the low information crowd (but, I repeat myself) will just slurp it up.

14 posted on 09/24/2013 6:44:01 AM PDT by Gritty (This war against Islamism is being lost because it cannot even be acknowledged- Mark Steyn)
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To: 11th_VA

What kind of doctors would be willing to be part of these low cost groups?


15 posted on 09/24/2013 6:44:11 AM PDT by quietly desperate
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To: 11th_VA

NBC and the NY Slimes both sounding the alarm? Uh oh, they’ve finally figured out what a huge problem this is gonna be for the Dems.


16 posted on 09/24/2013 6:51:10 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: quietly desperate

We could have gone this same route (set up low-cost community health clinics for those with no other options) at a fraction of Obamacare’s cost.


17 posted on 09/24/2013 6:52:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ClearCase_guy

NYT is another winner of the NoSh**Sherlock award.


18 posted on 09/24/2013 6:57:51 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Gritty

Blaming people only works so long. You still have to deliver results.


19 posted on 09/24/2013 9:28:35 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: 11th_VA

“Here is your aspirin, Comrade. Now go home and die.”


20 posted on 09/24/2013 10:35:19 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
We could have gone this same route (set up low-cost community health clinics for those with no other options) at a fraction of Obamacare’s cost.

Yes, but with none of the power. And what fun is that?

21 posted on 09/24/2013 10:38:42 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: 11th_VA

ROTFLOL. “May”? Try “WILL”.

Let’s not be slinky-spines about what’s going to happen, folks, the disaster incoming demands blunt speech.


22 posted on 09/29/2013 4:10:43 PM PDT by Me1onCollie
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