In July, we reported that the Affordable Care Act saw to it that the nation’s best, doctor-owned hospitals would be forced to close. And now it appears that the favor is being returned as most of the nation’s top commercial hospitals will either refuse to accept ObamaCare patients, or “…accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare.”
It seems Kathleen Sebelius’ Health and Human Services Department went too strong in demanding that insurance companies participating in ObamaCare cap their premiums. After all, prospective insureds must be able to afford premiums on the policies Obamacare is forcing them to buy.
Well, that has not come to pass, as the many stories of “sticker shock” have made clear. And in its attempts to intimidate insurance providers into quoting lower prices, the HHS has succeeded only in causing them to create policies that will pay “…top-tier doctors and hospitals far less cash for services rendered.” In short, something has to give if the Aetnas and Cignas are to remain profitable while cutting premiums on the many cadillac policies demanded by ObamaCare. And that something will be the fee for services paid to doctors and hospitals.
But not to worry. For should Democrats have their way, hospitals may be forced into treating ALL patients, regardless of their insurance coverage.
Kathleen Murray, a Democrat running for the Virginia House of Delegates, believes that doctors should be FORCED to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients. “Forced by Government Decree” that is, even if the pittance paid by the federal government does not cover the cost of the doctor’s time and services. And if doctors are to be made slaves to the State, will hospitals or clinics be far behind?
Thank you, Mr. Obama, for a Marxist plan guaranteed to force doctors into retirement (if it is permitted) as the demands of an ever-increasing number of patients are ignored.
Could it be that this was the principle purpose of the ObamaCare scheme all along? That is, cause such panic on the part of Americans that they will accept ANY “cure” offered by Big Brother (single payer, for instance)?!!
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