Obama’s “Keep Your Doctor” Pledge Continues To Disappoint

THE PROMISE: Obama Promised Americans That You Can “Keep Your Doctor.” OBAMA: “If you like your doctor, you’re going to be able to keep your doctor. If you like your plan, keep your plan.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 3/19/10)

  • Obama’s “High-Profile Pledge” That All Americans Could Keep Their Doctor Under ObamaCare Is The Next Broken Promise. “Barack Obama’s broken promise that all Americans would be able to keep their health care plans after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has infuriated people who took the President at his word and rattled even his staunchest supporters. But for the President, the real political pain may only be starting. Come 2014, the rest of the country may learn that another high-profile pledge was untrue. ‘No matter how we reform health care,’ Obama said in 2009, ‘we will keep this promise: if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.’” (Alex Altman, “‘You Can Keep Your Doctor’: ObamaCare’s Next Broken Promise?” Time, 11/19/13)

Enrollees In New ObamaCare Plans Are Finding Their “Access Limited Across All Price Ranges”

Consumers Purchasing ObamaCare Plans “Are Finding Their Access Limited Across All Price Ranges.” “Stories like Pool’s are emerging as more consumers realize they bought plans with limited doctor and hospital networks, some after websites that mistakenly said their doctors were included. Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient’s access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.” (Kelli Kennedy, “Consumers Losing Doctors With New Insurance Plans,” The Associated Press, 5/13/14)

  • “The Dilemma Undercuts President Obama’s 2009 Pledge That: ‘If You Like Your Doctor, You Will Be Able To Keep Your Doctor, Period.’” “The dilemma undercuts President Obama’s 2009 pledge that: ‘If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.’ Consumer frustration over losing doctors comes as the Obama administration is still celebrating a victory with more than 8 million enrollees in its first year.” (Kelli Kennedy, “Consumers Losing Doctors With New Insurance Plans,” The Associated Press, 5/13/14)

For People Hoping To Keep Their Doctor And Provider, They Will “Pay Much More For The Privilege.”  “In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.” (Reed Abelson, “More Insured, But The Choices Are Narrowing,” The New York Times, 5/12/14)

Many Health Plans On The ObamaCare Exchange “Exclude At Least Some Large Hospitals Or Doctors’ Groups.”  “These so-called narrow networks, featuring limited groups of providers, have made a big entrance on the newly created state insurance exchanges, where they are a common feature in many of the plans. While the sizes of the networks vary considerably, many plans now exclude at least some large hospitals or doctors’ groups.” (Reed Abelson, “More Insured, But The Choices Are Narrowing,” The New York Times, 5/12/14)

  • According To Marcus Merz, CEO Of PreferredOne, On The Narrow ObamaCare Plans: “We’re All Trying To Break Away From This Fixation On Open Access And Broad Networks.” “‘We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,’ said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. ‘We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.’” (Reed Abelson, “More Insured, But The Choices Are Narrowing,” The New York Times, 5/12/14)

Americans React To Their New ObamaCare Plans: “A Waste Of Money” And “Extremely Discouraged”

California Resident Michelle Pool Purchased An ObamaCare Plan On California’s Exchange That She Thought Covered Her “Longtime Primary Care Doctor.” “The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama’s health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken. Pool’s $352 a month gold plan through Covered California’s exchange was cheaper than what she’d paid under her husband’s insurance and seemed like a good deal because of her numerous pre-existing conditions.” (Kelli Kennedy, “Consumers Losing Doctors With New Insurance Plans,” The Associated Press, 5/13/14)

  • “But After Her Insurance Card Came In The Mail, The Vista, California Resident Learned Her Doctor Wasn’t Taking Her New Insurance.” (Kelli Kennedy, “Consumers Losing Doctors With New Insurance Plans,” The Associated Press, 5/13/14)
  • Pool: “I’m Extremely Discouraged. I’m Stuck.” “‘It’s not fun when you’ve had a doctor for years and years that you can confide in and he knows you,’ Pool said. ‘I’m extremely discouraged. I’m stuck.’” (Kelli Kennedy, “Consumers Losing Doctors With New Insurance Plans,” The Associated Press, 5/13/14)

Texas Resident James Potts Purchased A $647-Per-Month ObamaCare Plan But, After Getting Sick, Found That The Three Health Care Facilities Near His Home Did Not Accept His Plan. “James Potts’ $647-per-month silver plan was issued by the same company that had insured him with a different plan cancelled under the Affordable Care Act. The 64-year-old property insurance agent assumed his doctors would remain the same under the insurer’s new plan, but didn’t double check. When Potts got a nasty cold, he called three facilities near his home in Wichita Falls, Texas, and was shocked to find none took the insurance, including his primary care doctor.” (Kelli Kennedy, “Consumers Losing Doctors With New Insurance Plans,” The Associated Press, 5/13/14)

  • Potts: “It Was A Waste Of Money For Me. I Couldn’t Find Doctors That Would Talk To Me.” (Kelli Kennedy, “Consumers Losing Doctors With New Insurance Plans,” The Associated Press, 5/13/14)
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