Scores of Americans are losing access to their hospitals and doctors as a result of Obamacare. Twitchy readers have known about this disturbing development for a while, but now even the Associated Press has caught on:
Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient’s access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.
The dilemma undercuts President Obama’s 2009 pledge that: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.” Consumer frustration over losing doctors comes as the Obama administration is still celebrating a victory with more than 8 million enrollees in its first year.
The AP’s findings are underscored by reports from frustrated Twitter users:
— June Curtice (@NMJune) April 28, 2014
Thank you Obama. I have just been told that two of my doctors and the hospital closest to me no longer accept my insurance. #Obamacare
— ColorMeRed (@ColorMeRed) April 14, 2014
Would you like the name of my mothers former oncologist that she lost? RT @ezraklein Obamacare cancellation stories were mostly hype
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 24, 2014
Learned at my doctor today that they won't take my new insurance. Thanks Obamacare!
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) April 15, 2014
Hey guess what? So my Uncle signed up for an Obamacare-compliant plan and he went to his doctor and guess what? The doctor won't accept it.
— H (@Tark31) February 8, 2014
— sarah (@mamaswati) April 24, 2014
— Markeece Young (@YoungBLKRepub) February 11, 2014
Congresswoman Jackie Speier; I am amazed that ACA plans are not accepted at so many doctor offices and other… http://t.co/kMoMh6yS4A
— Evy Smith (@EvySmith) May 9, 2014
My Obamacare experience: lost my doctor, saved $600 / month on premiums, spend $600 / month more on pills. Locked in til November.
— Joe Schaefer (@joesuf) March 16, 2014
— Jami (@Jami_USA) March 14, 2014
— Terri Lynn Land (@TerriLLand) April 23, 2014
Sad day. Our kids just lost their pediatrician because of Obamacare. (And of course we had… http://t.co/CzbnV3WWjK
— He & She Photography (@heandshe) January 6, 2014
Mostly hype, liberal journos insist. But for people stuck in Obamacare plans, reality is slowly sinking in:
Once more, with feeling: availability of health insurance is not the same as availability of health care. They lied to you. #KruiserFeelings
— SFK (@stephenkruiser) May 13, 2014