To keep costs down, the White House designed ObamaCare plans as cut-rate HMOs. The low profit margins have forced insurers to downsize the number of doctors and hospitals in their networks — and to slash what they cover for out-of-network treatment.
So most ObamaCare plans don’t include the vast majority of the best cancer doctors and cancer centers. That’s a huge problem for these patients. As Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former
Medicareofficial, writes: “Cancer patients often need the help of specialized doctors and cancer institutions that won’t make it into many of these cheapened networks.”
All across the country, leading cancer centers — including New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering — are excluded by the largest plans. In Washington state, the largest exchange plans exclude world-class cancer care for kids such as the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. California’s state-of-the-art Cedars-Sinai cancer center isn’t in any ObamaCare plan. Only a few plans include the Mayo Clinic.
And if you want a doctor outside such networks, you’ll generally have to pay the full cost of care.This is apparently how Obamacare is going to reduce health care costs -- by making cancer care so expensive that many people won't be able to get it. Remember how Sarah Palin was an idiot for suggesting that "death panels" were going to determine who would live and who would die? It appears that Obamacare is going to make the situation very bad indeed for those in the later stages of cancer.
If voters under 35 paid any attention, Obamacare would be the death knell of the Democratic Party. But I am sure that this will all turn out to be Bush's fault.