The American public is starting to wake up to the false promise of Obama that they can keep their present health insurance. Florida Blue has sent out notices this week to 300,000 members that their policies will be cancelled because of the cost of ObamaCare.
The same thing has happened in New Jersey. Hundreds of thousands of its citizens have received letters informing them that their health insurance plans will no longer exist in 2014 because they don’t have the ten essential benefits required by the Affordable Care Act. Hardest hit are individuals and small businesses.
Thomas Vincz, a spokesperson for Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey, said, “The Affordable Care Act is driving many changes to products and services.” An Aetna spokesperson confirmed to members that “there will be some difference in benefits and price.”
New Jersey Democrats in the meantime are hailing the new law as a boom for consumers because of the ten essential requirements. They see it as an opportunity. Democrats cite that there will be better coverage even though it cost more. “The president …won’t tolerate benefit plans that don’t meet the basic needs of our citizens,” said one Democrat. So much for the president’s promise that Americans will be able to retain their health insurance and that competition will drive cost down.
A major concern about ObamaCare’s provisions is access to doctors. 57% of the doctors in New Jersey are not accepting new patients especially Medicaid patients. The federal government is offering to pay them the higher Medicare rates for two years rather than the Medicaid rates as an incentive. Doctors don’t see this as a solution because in two years they will have to let their patients go when funds dry up.
Doctors are also complaining that the electronic record keeping system in ObamaCare will drive up administrative costs. Just the transfer of office medical records to the medical electronic system will be costly in time and money. It is an unnecessary burden. This is why many elderly doctors have retired rather than continue serving their patients. ObamaCare is thus creating a doctor shortage.
The nation is in deep doo-doo. Rather than admit costs are rising and ObamaCare is not working, Democrats rationalize by saying things will be better in the future. Well the future is here and all Democrats must collectively share the responsibility for this disaster. People should remember this when they vote in2014.