Obamacare does not provide patients or doctors or hospitals any way of finding out who is in or out of network.


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Not finding out what’s in it: Obamacare does not provide patients or doctors or hospitals any way of finding out who is in or out of network.

“In many cases, consumers are shopping blind when it comes to what doctors and hospitals are included in their Obamacare exchange plans,” said Josh Archambault, senior fellow with the think tank Foundation for Government Accountability. “These patients will be in for a rude awakening once they need care, and get stuck with a big bill for going out-of-network without realizing it.”

All of this represents a larger problem with the Affordable Care Act, said Archambault, who has extensively studied the law. “It reflects deeper issues in implementation,” he said. “Some hospitals and doctors don’t even know if they are in the network.”

In addition, this story indicates that many major hospitals are opting out of Obamacare, with no way for patients to find out beforehand.

Aren’t you glad the Democrats and President Obama shut down the federal government earlier this month to make sure Obamacare went into effect?

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3 comments

  • Pzatchok

    I know I am asking a stupid question around here.

    But why in the world did the administration take such a drastic plan when trying to solve the simple problem of insuring the uninsured?

    All they really had to do was find a small start up company to provide a “market place” for insurance like they now have for airline tickets and hotels?

    They could have just passed a law ordering insurance companies to fully provide information about their policies to the new service company.
    Information like who is in and or out of its network, covered services, pricing quotes, and any other thing you can think of that’s legal.

    They could have raised the Medicare/Medicaid to help cover the uninsured.

    They could have offered tax rebates to help cover those who have a hard time affording insurance normally.

    They could have done a thousand things better and less intrusive.

  • The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.

    Some theorize that Obamacare was always intended to fail, that the real goal of the people who wrote it was for it to fail and thus force the implementation of the plan they really wanted: full nationalization of the U.S. heathcare industry.

    This might be so, but I don’t really buy it. What I think happened here is what always happens when you try to do complex things by legislative and governmental degree. The process and the ideology overrides reality, and you get a mess that isn’t focused on the problem itself.

    The less the government is involved in this, the better. Which is why I don’t want Obamacare revised or fixed, I want it repealed, in toto.

  • John M. Egan

    You’ve got that right, Robert!

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