Jan
25
2014
9

More gutting of Medicare Advantage doctor networks. #obamacare

I fail to see why there should be the problem described in this title (“Doctors cut from Medicare Advantage networks struggle with what to tell patients“):

Thousands of primary-care doctors and specialists across the country have been terminated from privately run Medicare Advantage plans, sparking a battle between doctors who say patient care is being threatened and insurers that insist they have to reduce costs and streamline their operations.

Medical associations, which describe the dismissals as the largest in the program’s history, say the cuts are forcing some patients to leave their doctors in mid-treatment and creating gaps in the types of medical specialists covered in some areas.

The answer is very simple: what doctors need to tell their soon-to-be-former patients is that Barack Obama and the Democratic party thought that they collectively had the experience, expertise, and foresight to craft a health care law that would not, among other things, gut Medicare Advantage.

And Barack Obama and the Democratic party turned out to be wrong. (more…)

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