In the past few days, I have challenging Obamacare-supporting classmates in Facebook threads. On the whole, the discussions have been civil, with my peers responding to critiques with argument and anecdote and keeping, by and large, a good discussion going.
Some have noted that insurance costs were escalating even before a Democratic Congress passed Obamacare — and have addressed how the president’s plan would help fix many of the problems in the pre-2010 health care sector. Others, including yours truly, have warned about the increasing costs of the new plan. Most of the arguments are familiar to those who have been following the debate, but I thought one physician’s perspective particularly inisghtful– and so I asked his permission to quote it on this blog. The permission granted, I reproduce it exactly as offered.
Time for a physician (and patient’s) two cents: just today I received a registered letter from united healthcare/oxford that “as a result of the significant changes in the healthcare environment” I am being dropped as a Medicare advantage provider. No reason given except that somehow that will contain costs. Last week I received word from my own health insurer that they are ending my policy at the end of December (6 months early) and that they are under no obligation to help me find other coverage for my small business/ medical practice. Anecdotal? I don’t think so. I will likely be closing my practice soon despite having spent years studying , preparing, and taking excellent care of my patients. I wish everyone luck with Obamacare. So far, I am not a fan.
I do hope those following the threads on Facebook learn to recognize that both sides stand sincere in the support of — or opposition to — the president’s health care scheme.
UPDATE: In the Facebook thread wherein the physician offered the above, another participant shared this link: ObamaCare Employer Mandate: A List Of Cuts To Work Hours, Jobs