Let me be clear: if you like your doctor, tough. Suck it up, princess.
File this in the totally-expected-yet-unintended consequences file. The Boston Globe (from the same state that pioneered the Obamacare-style mandates) is reporting that Harvard Pilgrim is cancelling its Medicare Advantage insurance program. This will force 22,000 seniors to seek coverage elsewhere, and it has been brought about by, what else, federal meddling:
The decision by Wellesley-based Harvard Pilgrim, the state’s second-largest health insurer, was prompted by a freeze in federal reimbursements and a new requirement that insurers offering the kind of product sold by Harvard Pilgrim — a Medicare Advantage private fee for service plan — form a contracted network of doctors who agree to participate for a negotiated amount of money.
“We became concerned by the long-term viability of Medicare Advantage programs in general,’’ said Lynn Bowman, vice president of customer service at Harvard Pilgrim’s office in Quincy. “We know that cuts in Medicare are being used to fund national health care reform. And we also had concerns about our ability to build a network of health care providers that would meet the needs of our seniors.’’
So let’s see. Clearly it is politically unacceptable to cut care by fiat from Washington, lest the plebes rise up in revolt. Instead, Washington will squeeze the providers of care by so much that they will drop their coverage rather than take a loss. It’s rationing by proxy, and not only does it allow Washington power-brokers to claim that they would never dream of cutting care, it also allows them to point to private companies making forced cuts and underscore their rhetoric about how evil the private system of health delivery is. But let’s all remember where these cuts really came from.
Like your health care plan? Expected to keep it under Obamacare? That only worked as a campaign slogan.
Welcome to the new world order, princess.