Dr. Obama knows what's best
POSTED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:49pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 9:40pm
Yesterday we spoke about this administration not saying health care was a tax. It now is since they could not prove it was unconstitutional to make people buy insurance...they are calling it a tax.
And now more is leaking out about our so called choices for health care under this law.
The New York Times news service reports a tradeoff, they say, that more Americans will be asked to pay higher prices for the privilege of choosing or keeping their own doctors, if they are outside the new networks.
That could come as a surprise to many who remember the repeated assurances from President Barack Obama and other officials that consumers would retain a variety of health-care choices.
But companies may be able to reduce their premiums by as much as 15 percent, the insurers say, by offering the more limited plans.
You may remember the last time health insurers and employers sought to sharply limit patients' choice was back in the early 1990s, when insurers tried to reinvent themselves by embracing managed care.
Instead of just paying doctor and hospital bills, insurers also assumed a greater role in their customers' medical care by restricting what specialists they could see or which hospitals they could go to.
The concept was largely abandoned after the consumer backlash persuaded both employers and health plans that Americans were simply not willing to sacrifice choice.
Prominent officials like Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton learned to utter the word "choice" at every turn as advocates of overhauling the system.
The insurers are betting these plans will have widespread appeal in the insurance exchanges, as individuals gravitate toward the least expensive options.
And it looks like every day more and more come out that is true...that all the snake oil salesman told us last winter would never happen.