Doctors Are Saying “NO” to Obamacare Patients

PolitiChicks.comRemember when President Obama promised us that if we liked our doctors, we could keep them? As predicted, this may not necessarily be the case at all.  In fact, many physicians are already saying “no” to Obamacare insurer plans, which is becoming a major concern. Because the reimbursement rates to doctors are lower under these plans (closer to Medicare rates than private insurers), more doctors may be likely to reject them in the near future. So, while more Americans may have access to insurance under Obamacare, it does not necessarily translate into having access to doctors and hospitals.

Dr. Doug Gerard, an internist in Hartford CT explains:

“I cannot accept a plan [in which] potentially commercial-type reimbursement rates were now going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates. You have to maintain a certain mix in private practice between the low reimbursers and the high reimbursers to be able to keep the lights on. I don’t think most physicians know what they’re being reimbursed. Only when they start seeing some of those rates come through will they realize how low the rates are they agreed to.”

Many physicians are small business owners who have overhead to pay, including employees hired just to keep up with all the new Obamacare regulations. Here are a few statements from doctors and healthcare providers:

Ken Lalime, CEO of Healthy CT, an insurance co-op: “Insurers face a real challenge figuring out how to pay doctors enough but also keep consumer premiums low.”

Dr. Bob Russo, a radiologist and the president-elect of the Connecticut State Medical Society: “The low rates and administrative burdens that come along with the ACA could make it a financial loser…You get what you pay for. If you can’t convince [doctors] that they’re not losing money doing their job, then it’s a problem. And they haven’t been able to convince people of that.”

Kevin Counihan, who runs Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace: “That’s been something, at least in our state, that we’re trying to work against.”

And from my own husband Dr. Paul Sasser (a general surgeon): “We are very likely to end up with a two-tiered system under Obamacare where someone who gets a subsidy to buy Obamacare coverage will likely get inferior care to those who buy coverage in the private market.”

Yet, it seems pretty inevitable at this point.  After all, what do we expect from a healthcare bill that wasn’t even read until it actually became law?

Sonya Sasser

South Carolina PolitiChick Sonya Sasser has conducted enormous research and has written numerous PolitiChick articles on topics such as: the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, Obamacare, the erosion of personal freedoms, the unique power of county sheriffs, the Constitution versus U.N. treaties, Benghazi, terrorism, Mexican drug cartels, and various political candidates. Sonya has also conducted exclusive interviews with: well-known gun rights advocate Nikki Goeser, Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote, OK Congressman Jim Bridenstine, N.C. Senate candidate Molotov Mitchell, U.S. Senate candidate Nancy Mace, Madison Rising's lead singer Dave Bray, and many other distinguished subjects. Sonya has been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Guns Across America rally and various Conservative radio shows. In addition to her efforts to save our Republic, Sonya is a Christian, a wife, a mother, a registered dietitian, and a fashion and fitness guru. She is infamous for being 'that chick who runs a lot' and loves sharing her fitness tips with others! Sonya is also the creator and administrator of Breakthrough Nation, a Conservative blog that reaches thousands of Patriots across the nation. If you ask Sonya why she spends so much time on the political battlefield, her response will most certainly be, "I do it for my children." She feels it is her duty to preserve and protect those precious freedoms that have been endowed to every American by their Creator.

Related Articles

Back to top button

Please disable ad blocker.

We work hard to write our articles and provide you with the content you enjoy. The ads on the site allow us to continue our work while feeding our families. If you'd please whitelist our site in your ad blocker or remove your ad blocker altogether, we'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you!