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Obamacare: Denied and Denial

11:01 AM, Nov 21, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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It’s been all Obamacare, all the time, for weeks now and the media, as Howard Kurtz at Fox reports, is getting a bit bored with it all:

After all, sounding off on the same stuff day after day—The website is a mess! They were warned in advance! Millions are losing their coverage! The president broke his promise!—gets old after awhile. You search for a new lead, new anecdote, new angle, new outrage, something to freshen up the story line in a business that thrives on novelty.

Meanwhile, the consequences, unforeseen and otherwise, grind on.  The redistributionist elements proceed and the nation moves, inevitably, toward a two-tier system and, eventually, single-payer.

In New York, hospitals with names known to all, announce they will not be part of the Obamacare’s grand design. As the AP reports:

As of this week, not one of the plans for sale on New York’s health benefit exchange would cover treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s largest and most respected cancer hospitals.

Meaning:

… that the 615,000 individuals and 450,000 small business employees expected to eventually get their insurance through the exchange would have to go someplace else for treatment, or pay the bill out of their own pockets.

Meanwhile, doctors in other parts of the country disagree with the government on the matter of fair compensation for their services.  As Roni Caryn Rabin of Kaiser Health News reports:

Many doctors are disturbed they will be paid less -- often a lot less -- to care for the millions of patients projected to buy coverage through the health law’s new insurance marketplaces.

Some have complained to medical associations, including those in New York, California, Connecticut, Texas and Georgia, saying the discounted rates could lead to a two-tiered system in which fewer doctors participate, potentially making it harder for consumers to get the care they need.

There is dissatisfaction among consumers, as well as providers, as some people who are being allowed to keep plans they had been happy with, but that were cancelled in the rollout of Obamacare, are finding that suspension of the law does not come without a price, as reported by John Murawski of the Raleigh News & Observer.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Tuesday that it will raise rates as much as 24 percent on 2013 individual health insurance plans that are being extended next year. The increase is double the price inflation for the same health plans just a year ago, but many Blue Cross customers who have grumbled about rising costs in past years are cheering the news this time.The health plans in question were slated for elimination under the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health care law, but Blue Cross said last week it would offer the plans next year.

“Substandard” and more expensive.  And still the peasants are grateful. 

As for the health of the policy itself, the news is also troubling and points to a “death spiral” diagnosis.  As reported by Lewis Krauskopf of Reuters:    

More older Americans than young adults so far have signed up for new insurance coverage under the state marketplaces created by President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to early data from four states reporting details on their enrollment.

All of which is just too, too boring. Let's go beat up some Republicans.

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