Obamacare’s Disappointing Doctor Diagnosis
Going to the doctor is a much better experience when you have a physician you trust, one with whom you’ve developed a long-standing, reliable relationship.
But Obamacare may make that relationship unaffordable for you, or at least more expensive. Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel weakly defended the President Obama’s claim that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” under Obamacare on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, but he couldn’t do so without mincing words:
Wallace pressed Emanuel to defend the President’s now famous false promise:
It’s a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question: did he say ‘if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor’?
Emanuel refused to answer directly, at first, but when pressed further he admitted:
Yes, but look, if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor you can do that. This is a matter of choice.
Sure, it’s a “choice” that, were it not for Obamacare, many Americans would not have to make. Despite the promises otherwise made by President Obama and other liberal politicians, many Americans are finding out the hard way they cannot keep their doctor. Many plans being offered under Obamacare leave out “top hospitals and doctors,” according to a report by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Christ Hospital, for example, is currently covered by just two of the seven insurers selling plans on Ohio’s online marketplace,HealthCare.gov. Consumers across the region who buy marketplace plans from Humana or Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield – two of the largest insurers in the Tristate – won’t be covered for care at Mercy Health, which has the most hospitals locally, or UC Health, which has the region’s only Level 1 adult trauma center.
It’s important to recall all the Democrats’ false promises on this front. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) repeatedly promised Americans would be able to keep their doctor under Obamacare. She said, “First of all I want to be clear that if you have your insurance, you like your insurance, and your doctors, you keep them. We don’t want to do anything that’s going to change that part.” Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) said, “If you’ve got a doctor now, if you’ve got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that.” Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) said that Obamacare would “protect and expand an individual’s choice of doctors and insurance plans without any government interference.”
Try as they may, Democrats can’t spin this issue enough to make it look good now. Real people are losing their doctors, and they don’t like it. That’s why 52% of voters now want Congress to repeal or scale back Obamacare.
Conservatives are offering a patient-centered healthcare reform plan — one that will help those with preexisting conditions and truly allow you to keep the doctor of your choice. And though people like Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) say they would vote for Obamacare all over again, even President Obama is calling out big government for it’s inadequacies (sub. req’d):
The challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization. It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier, which is we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly. . . . The White House is just a tiny part of what is a huge, widespread organization with increasingly complex tasks in a complex world.
As Mr. Obama tries to decide who best to blame for the debacle other than himself — even big government — conservatives are producing real solutions, and they look nothing like Obamacare, because they respect the doctor-patient relationship.