Nov
17
2013

#Obamacare Watch: Why YOUR mother might not get the doctor she wanted.

Hey, this is pretty much by definition not my party’s doing:

UnitedHealth GroupĀ dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company’s other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.

The Journal report said that doctors in at least 10 states were notified of being laid off the plans, some citing “significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment.”

Via @JustKarl, who also notes that this is indeed due to Obamacare’s raid of Medicare Advantage funding to pay for its boondoggle; and that Marco Rubio indeed warned that this was going to happen, Politifact or no. I’ll add that it should seriously worry Democrats that my own take on this remains plausible: if the Other Side doesn’t want to get known as the party of people who want old people to die quickly, then perhaps it should start instructing its politicians to avoid situations where that accusation might have, as they say, legs.

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