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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Obamacare and From NPR No Less
And so they dropped their new plan. They just stopped paying the premium.
That's the takeaway quote from a very damning anecdote reported by NPR this morning:
Rachel was skeptical, but Nick went online and started shopping. He
had trouble getting through the glitchy website at first, but eventually
he picked a plan just for his wife. It was a gold plan HMO through Blue
Cross Blue Shield for about $375 a month.
In January, as soon
as the plan began, Nick printed out a list of obstetricians from the
plan's website. ...
Rachel recalls two days in January when she sat down and called
every doctor on the list of 28. According to her, most of the practices
told her, in one way or another, that they didn't take the plan.
"Some would just come right out and say, 'We don't take Obamacare,' " she says.
"Or the best one was, 'The doctor takes it here at the actual practice,
but whatever hospital you use ... does not take that insurance.' "
"It was mind numbing," she says, "because I was
just sitting there thinking, 'I'm paying close to $400 a month just for
me to have insurance that doesn't even work. So what am I paying for?' "
Louis Adams, a spokesman for , says
he went down that same list a month after Rachel had checked. He says
most of the 28 obstetricians do take the HMO insurance.
Of course one story does not make a failure. Right?