QOTD: New York Times discovers that #Obamacare “narrows choices”

Posted by: ST on May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

The NYT’s HQ.

Sorta kinda finally paying attention to reality:

In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.

These so-called narrow networks, featuring limited groups of providers, have made a big entrance on the newly created state insurance exchanges, where they are a common feature in many of the plans. While the sizes of the networks vary considerably, many plans now exclude at least some large hospitals or doctors’ groups. Smaller networks are also becoming more common in health care coverage offered by employers and in private Medicare Advantage plans.

Insurers, ranging from national behemoths like WellPoint, UnitedHealth and Aetna to much smaller local carriers, are fully embracing the idea, saying narrower networks are essential to controlling costs and managing care. Major players contend they can avoid the uproar that crippled a similar push in the 1990s.

What’s this? Obamacare limits doctor and hospital options? Ya don’t say.

Hate to say we Toldjah So, NYT, but …

Runner up for today’s “quote of the day” was in the very next paragraph of the NYT piece:

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”

Got that? “Choice” and a desire for “open access” are habits we must break. Guess insurers have adopted the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality when it comes to the realities of the so-called “Affordable Care Act.” Oh well, when your choices are, um, limited in that regard ….

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3 Responses to “QOTD: New York Times discovers that #Obamacare “narrows choices””


  1. Tom says:

    Shocking! That the ACA is prompting insurance companies to offer plans that actually control costs. Simply shocking. You want more choices, Sister? Then purchase a plan that has your preferred doctors and hospitals. If this list of doctors is large, your plan will be found under platinum level group. Obamacare does not mandate that plans limit the # of hospitals and doctors covered.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    The NYT is obviously following an old and wise business practice. They are reading what their competition is printing and trying to keep pace.

  3. Kate says:

    The problem is that when the government sets standards, makes laws that define business practices, etc., those who participate in them will soon use it to their advantage. Yes, if you have the Money TOM you can pay for the plan you like. The problem is this..if your current insurance covers the same scope of care…when you lose it you won’t be able to afford what is offered on the government network coverage at the state level. Thus, your overall healthcare choices have diminished. Is it the fault of an insurance company? NO! It is the government who is setting the standards. The companies have no choice but to cover all those who apply…without regard to preexisting conditions adding to THEIR RISK…they have to narrow the cost some way. Of course, in the long run what is really advocated by progressives is a government owned and run medical system. BY putting insurance companies out of business, half that work is done!