I’ve mentioned before how the massive Medicaid expansion being pushed by the Affordable Care Act means basically the right to be on the waiting list for a doctor forever. I’ve also mentioned reports that tell us that Obamacare insurance itself, beside being less affordable than advertised, is also going to deliver more shortages and less care. Doctors are opting out because they think that, like Medicaid, the insurance companies won’t be paying much for services.
Today, Fox News finds us more evidence: “The doctor won’t see you? Analysts warn ObamaCare plans could resemble Medicaid.”
Those signing up for private health care coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges may be in for an unpleasant surprise — they’ll have insurance, but they might have trouble getting the doctor to see them.
As hundreds of thousands enroll for coverage beginning Jan. 1, analysts are warning that the plans are likely to give them access to fewer doctors and hospitals. So much so, they warn, that the system could begin to resemble Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans.
“Indeed, I think this will eventually be like Medicaid,” said Merrill Matthews, director of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance.
Matthews said the only way many insurers are going to be able to control costs is by “simply clamping down on the amount they are willing to pay.”
Just as with Medicaid, analysts warn that if payments get too low, many doctors might start refusing to see patients. That will leave more and more patients jockeying to see fewer and fewer doctors.
They emphasize, then, that having health insurance won’t necessarily translate into access to health care.
Of course, with us all paying the massive Obamacare premiums, the silver lining is that, since we won’t be able to afford those deductibles anyway, we might as well stay home and get sicker. Thus, there is a certain irony that our insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will begin to resemble Medicaid, “the health care program for low-income Americans.”
Thanks to Obamacare we are all going to become low-income Americans.