Video: That whole “keeping your doctor” thing not quite working out for Tennesseans so far

posted at 1:21 pm on January 28, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

That the Obama administration and their fellow Democrats thought that they were doing themselves a political service with their glib and incessant iterations of “if you like you doctor, you can keep your doctor” really is quite the quandary; I suppose it was worth repeating whatever attractive falsehoods they had to in order to pass their crowning legislative achievement, but oh, how heavily that crown lies now that the always very obvious eventuality of insurance companies behaving as rational actors in a wildly manipulated healthcare market is coming due.

The market’s mandated changes mean that insurers are trying to hold down costs by creating smaller, more streamlined networks than those typically available in commercial insurance, and those restrictions are going to translate into fewer options for patients — which is going to come as something of a surprise to the Americans that were assiduously assured that they would be able to keep their doctors.

As millions of new ACA health plans begin 2014 coverage on Wednesday, consumers in some parts of the country, including California, will find that the plans offered under Obamacare give them access to fewer providers than their previous plans or those offered to Americans with job-based health insurance. Narrowing networks — promising select providers higher patient volume in exchange for lower reimbursement rates — is nothing new, but as insurers compete on price in Obamacare’s new exchanges, avoiding expensive hospitals and doctors has new appeal, especially since insurers can no longer exclude sick people or charge them more. …

A recent study suggests limited provider networks could become more common in the years ahead as the ACA takes hold. A Dec. 13 McKinsey study of 20 U.S. metropolitan areas found that two-thirds of ACA plans analyzed had “narrow” or “ultra narrow” networks, with at least 30 percent of top 20 hospitals excluded for coverage. The medium premium for plans with narrower networks, according to the study, was 26 percent lower than comparable benefit packages with broad networks.

And in less populated regions than California, the effects of these smaller networks is likely to be even more acute. ObamaCare coverage has been up-and-running for almost a month now, and several Tennesseans have been experiencing the new reality firsthand, via the Free Beacon:

WSMV’s Nancy Amons reported two cases of Obamacare enrollees who have been notified that they will no longer be able to see doctors they were able to visit when they were on their previous plan.

Shawnna Simpson’s fifteen year old daughter was hurt last week in a cheerleading accident. Simpson called her family doctor and learned that they do not accept her current health insurance plan, BlueCross Network E.

“We have health insurance at this point that is worthless,” Simpson said of the plan that she pays $600 a month for. … We can’t use it in the county that we live” she said.

BlueCross Network E is a micro network – a very small network with limited doctors and hospitals. Neither Vanderbilt nor TriStar are in the network.


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Don’t worry.

Obaama and his regime all have “seperate but equal” healhcare plans along with pensions,exemptions from trading rules and regulations.

He also has an 80%+ approval rating in DC.

All is good

acyl72 on January 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

It’s flyover country. Nobody cares.

trigon on January 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Nothing a pen and a phone cant fix.

Gatsu on January 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Eighty-nine word opening sentence.

Is that a new record?!

Akzed on January 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

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davidk on January 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

“We have health insurance at this point that is worthless,” Simpson said of the plan that she pays $600 a month for. … We can’t use it in the county that we live” she said.

The odds favor Shawnna having voted for it.

So STFU.

BobMbx on January 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Challenger–28 years.

davidk on January 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

“I’m sure 0b00ba will make a fine president,” -McCain.

Akzed on January 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Don’t worry, the GOP will make a few (minor) tweaks and everything will be just fine.

ElectricPhase on January 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Eighty-nine word opening sentence.

Is that a new record?!

Akzed on January 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Haven’t found the answer to that, but the number of uses of “the”:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=9998

davidk on January 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

So ….. who IS it “working for”?

Oh … rigggggght . . . . . it works for those persons who are . E X E M P T . from the “Government mandated, managed, and administered medical services”.

listens2glenn on January 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Eventually we’ll have the option of oh, a “601(k)” health insurance option which allows anyone to purchase any medical plan and pay for it on their own with pre-tax dollars and formation of private medical networks.

The liability for your ObamaCare policy will remain, but at least if you participate in a 601(k) your odds of actually getting care will increase.

BobMbx on January 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Somehow this clip seems appropriate.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Shawnna Simpson’s fifteen year old daughter was hurt last week in a cheerleading accident. Simpson called her family doctor and learned that they do not accept her current health insurance plan, BlueCross Network E.

We’re missing the answer to a very important question here. How is the cheerleading squad doing with an injured member? /

Seriously, If I’m paying $600/month for insurance I’m going to be well aware if my current provider is included!

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I expect he’ll lay out a permanent fix for this tonight.

Heh.

BKeyser on January 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

When contemplating the “benefits” and “good” that Ohboobiecare has inflicted upon millions of Americans, I think of our Preznit Princess McSandtraps and think of a quote from the movie Fight Club:

“The first rule of Obamacare is-

Stupid stupidy stupid stupid stupid.

The second rule of Obamacare is-

Stupid STUPIDY stupid stupid stupid.

The third rule of Obamacare is-

StupID, stupidy stupid STUpid STUPID.”

Or more to the point- as Rhett Butler said in gone with the wind:

“Frankly my dear, stupid STUPIDY stupid STUPID.”

GrassMudHorsey on January 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

BobMbx on January 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

My thoughts too. They should ask every one of these people who they voted for. I have no sympathies for those who voted for 0 and are now feeling Obamacare’s wrath.

tommer74 on January 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

He won…crackers.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

The odds favor Shawnna having voted for it.

So STFU.

BobMbx on January 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

She looked sensible and responsible to me. I thought the guy was likely an Obama voter because the segment said that he was “excited” about signing up. What a tool.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Shawna is only doing her part to help the 40M get covered. Stand up and cheer…oh, wait.

Kissmygrits on January 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Hey, the President has a pen and a phone. No worries.

DDay on January 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Sez Barack on hearing this news: “Off with her head! How dare she make me look bad?”

Seriously, doesn’t Barack remind anyone else of the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland?

Vanceone on January 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

She looked sensible and responsible to me. I thought the guy was likely an Obama voter because the segment said that he was “excited” about signing up. What a tool.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Saw that. He mentioned the ‘deer in the headlights’ look…

Yeah, bet there’s a LOT of that going around.

Marcola on January 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Libs to us: “If you don’t like your “president,” you WILL keep your “president” — forever and ever and ever.

Us to libs: “Eat sh*t.”

FlameWarrior on January 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

LOL, one can only pray that these two were Obama voters.

federale86 on January 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Hey, the President has a pen and a phone. No worries.

DDay on January 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

So they can call and he’ll fill the empty slot on the cheer squad?

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Is it 600 dollars with or without a subsidy

gerrym51 on January 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

“We have health insurance at this point that is worthless,” Simpson said of the plan that she pays $600 a month for.

1-800-F1UCKYO!!!! Ha, ha, ha, ha …” — Barky The Dog-Eating Retard and His Demented Band of America-Haters

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Taking very good care of one’s health looks to be more important than ever.

Meremortal on January 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Taking very good care of one’s health looks to be more important than ever.

Meremortal on January 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Eighty-nine word opening sentence.
Is that a new record?!
Akzed on January 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Some people can read, some can only count.

Another Drew on January 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

These next elections are going to be a hoot…over and under of how many ads say this about a dem incumbent:

Obama said you can keep your Senator if you want…

Or, The Senator says you can keep the same old tired ideas if you want…

right2bright on January 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

They may not have a doctor, but they will have a large number of “Unexpected” credit card bills.

dogsoldier on January 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Eighty-nine word opening sentence.

Is that a new record?!

Akzed on January 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I want your job…

right2bright on January 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Hi, I’m the internet…

http://www.wordcounttool.com

Murphy9 on January 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

right2bright on January 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

You’re over-qualified.

Another Drew on January 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Nothing a pen and a phone cant fix.

Only if you beat the author of the execrable ACA with the phone and nailed the creature’s black, corrupted heart to a wall with the pen.

Not that you would (calm down NSA, it’s called ‘hyperbole’).
But, if one only could.

orangemtl on January 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

just have a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy… YOUR doctor will see you shortly

http://cdn.frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/cuba-hospital.jpg

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

We have health insurance at this point that is worthless,” Simpson said of the plan that she pays $600 a month for. … We can’t use it in the county that we live.” she said.”

Sounds like a junk policy to me. An Obamacare junk policy.

A.S.R. on January 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

LOL, one can only pray that these two were Obama voters.

Odds are good that these are not Obama voters. The counties/cities mentioned are suburbs of Nashville and are pretty solidly red. Nashville is a blue dot in a sea of red, actually. I remember during the Bush/Gore election I was driving from Nashville to a neighboring county. The majority of signs in Nashville were for Gore. As soon as I crossed the county line, the signs changed to Bush.

tnjeff on January 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

just have a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy… YOUR doctor will see you shortly

http://cdn.frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/cuba-hospital.jpg

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I would skip the “roll on floor” part.

Shy Guy on January 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

All designed to fail. Not a bug, it is a feature.

goflyers on January 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Silly racists, this is rush’s fault or Fox or whatever.

newportmike on January 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six one hundred seven one hundred eight one hundred nine one hundred ten one hundred eleven one hundred twelve one hundred thirteen one hundred fourteen one hundred fifteen one hundred sixteen one hundred seventeen one hundred eighteen one hundred nineteen one hundred twenty
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(H/T NotCoach)

Once they fix the websites, though, Democrats will be running on Obamacare!

Aaaany day now.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Eighty-nine word opening sentence.

Is that a new record?!

Akzed on January 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I believe John Kerry still holds the record.

Or maybe it just seems that way, since by the end of the sentence, you forget what he had started off saying.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Eighty-nine word opening sentence.

Is that a new record?!

Akzed on January 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

It’s in the running, but–get this–it did not include a single dash!!

GaltBlvnAtty on January 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The old adage “You made your own bed and now you must lie in it” rings true here. Not only Republicans but people who willingly cut off their own noses to spite their faces either voted directly to return the Marxist to office or enabled his re-election by staying home in the millions. Catholic intellectuals thought it cachet to vote for Obama even though they knew he was the Abortionist Incarnate. Evangelicals (whom Obama considers brown lumps to be flushed down the toilet every morning) stayed home rather than vote for a Mormon.

In a way, though, Obamsacare is a blessing in disguise. 100 n% of Democrats supported it. 0 % of Republicans supported it. Its a Democratic albatross and the poetic justice in it is that the people who are suffering the most voted for The One. Good!!!!!

MaiDee on January 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM

I’m going to start selling earthquake insurance in California that is for homes in Nevada but not tell anyone. Does that sound legal? If I did that I’d be put in prison for fraud.

dougless on January 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

All this with a doctor shortage. They’re taking the lower tier MDs, then piling patients on them. Those MDs will have almost no time to actually see the massive numbers of patients.

All while other MDs are starved for patients.

HakerA on January 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM