Obamacare continues to roll out with abundant failures and active destruction of a health system that has been the crown jewel of medicine in the world for a century. Below is a list of just a few examples of problems. Obamacare now grants new and unlimited rationing powers to insurance companies they never had before. Obamacare promises to pay for care, but doesn’t deliver. Obamacare hires government contractors to do what the market always did better, then they fail to deliver. Obamacare makes insurance more expensive for far more people than are being helped. Thanks to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for publishing most of these vignette’s.
- Cancer Drug Cancelled. A woman is losing access to her $14,000 cancer medicine she was receiving under her private health insurance that was cancelled when she switched to Obamacare.
- Cancer Treatment on Hold. When a patient’s insurance rolled over into an Exchange plan, she lost access to her cancer surgeon and is having trouble finding comparable doctors in the new plan.
- Marriage Penalty. Adding to penalties in the tax code and welfare system, ACA’s preferential treatment of cohabiting couples in calculating subsidies can cost a couple who marry more than $7,000/yr.
- No Coverage for Travelers. Unlike their former plans, many find that their Exchange plans have local networks only. In a winter or summer home, all medical treatment may have to be paid out of pocket—and expenses will not count toward the deductible.
- Patients Leave ER without Treatment. On Jan 2, a Virginia hospital told patients they would be billed for full cost if they could not prove they were insured after they thought they had signed up with an Exchange. One declined a chest xray (>$500!). One declined admission for chest pain ($3,000 for a day) (Mail Online [UK]). A Gallup survey showed that 59% of Americans had had a negative experience with ACA (ibid.).
- CGI Group Denied Payment. The ObamaCare website designer is being denied payment on its $69 million contract for Massachusetts and Vermont websites because of dysfunctional Exchange sites that haven’t been fixed (ibid.)
Hospital Can’t Meet Payroll. According to a local Houston TV station, ABC-KTRK, more than 150 hospital employees have not been paid in a nearly a month. Novitas Solutions, the contractor building the financial management system for Healthcare.gov, is being blamed for delayed Medicare payments.