“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor … but you're going to have to pay more.” Can you imagine if that was Obama's PR campaign to sell ObamaCare to the American public? Well that is now what we are being told.
On “Fox News Sunday,” former White House official Ezekial Emanuel explained to Chris Wallace, "The president never said you were going to have unlimited choice of any doctor in the country you want to go to." When pressed about Obama's promise that you could keep the doctor you already have, Emanuel admits, “if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. This is a matter of choice.”
Oh, so we can still keep our doctors but we may have to pay more to keep him. I'm sorry but that is not what we were told. The administration keeps pushing these “choices,” but what they don't tell you is that these “choices” are more costly than your current options.
Speaking of choices, we are now learning that some of America's top hospitals are not covered under ObamaCare. The Financial Times reports that “the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, two top cancer centres, or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals in the country.” I guess if you want to keep your access to top hospitals, you can, you'll just have to pay for that too.
But that wasn't all we learned from Ezekiel Emanuel. We also learned that the real reason young people aren't signing up for ObamaCare is because there hasn't been a big enough PR campaign! He says, "No one has launched a big PR campaign to get these people signed up because of the problems with the federal website.”
I've been harping on this one for a while: it's absurd that the administration really thinks its biggest problem with ObamaCare is its marketing strategy and not the law itself. They are simply disconnected from reality. I'd also like to point out that the Obama administration has already spent $700 million on a national marketing campaign to promote ObamaCare. At what point have we spent enough money on a satisfying PR campaign? Messaging and money can't solve the underlying problems associated with ObamaCare.
Beyond Emanuel's interview over the weekend, we have more bad news related to ObamaCare.
The New York Times reports that low premium costs under ObamaCare are masking the true cost of healthcare. For example, many of these low-cost premium plans have outrageously high deductibles. While average deductibles under employer-sponsored plans is $1,135, deductibles offered under ObamaCare range from $5,000-$10,000, with some as high as $12,000.
The New York Post has a piece on the ticking Medicaid time bomb. It points out that under ObamaCare, “Medicaid spending will more than double over the next 10 years, topping $554 billion by 2023.” That doesn't include state spending on Medicaid, which is expected to explode and crowd out spending on things like education and transportation. Under the guise of ObamaCare, the number of Medicaid enrollees has exploded. But that doesn't address the issue of a growing number of doctors not accepting Medicaid patients. More demand and fewer doctors – that ought to lead to better care.
Below are more of the latest stories related to the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare:
Cruz SLAMS the ‘lawless implementation of ObamaCare’ (The Daily Caller)
Lawmakers face familiar hurdles for health insurance (Jamie Dupree)
Maryland Health Exchange Director Resigns Amid Website Woes (WSJ)
Calif. Health Exchange Shares Data Without Consent (AP)
70% Of California's Doctors Expected To Boycott ObamaCare (Zero Hedge)
ObamaCare leaves N.J. small employers scrambling around high premiums, hard choices (NJ.com)
ObamaCare: New emails show officials waited on announcing SHOP enrollment delay (Politico)
PR firms cash in on health rollout woes (Politico)