Hospitals OPT-OUT of Obamacare

Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 1.54.46 PM

The Obama administration has been claiming that insurance companies will be competing for your dollars under the Affordable Care Act, but apparently they haven’t surveyed the nation’s top hospitals.

Americans who sign up for Obamacare will be getting a big surprise if they expect to access premium health care that may have been previously covered under their personal policies. Most of the top hospitals will accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare.

“This doesn’t surprise me,” said Gail Wilensky, Medicare director for the first Bush administration and senior fellow for Project HOPE. “There has been an incredible amount of focus on the premium cost and subsidy, and precious little focus on what you get for your money.”

Regulations driven by the Obama White House indeed have made insurance more affordable – if, like Kathleen Sebelius, you’re looking only at price. But responding to Obamacare caps on premiums, many insurers will, in turn, simply offer top-tier doctors and hospitals far less cash for services rendered.

Watchdog.org looked at the top 18 hospitals nationwide as ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2013-2014. We contacted each hospital to determine their contracts and talked to several insurance companies, as well.

The result of our investigation: Many top hospitals are simply opting out of Obamacare.

Chances are the individual plan you purchased outside Obamacare would allow you to go to these facilities. For example, fourth-ranked Cleveland Clinic accepts dozens of insurance plans if you buy one on your own. But go through Obamacare and you have just one choice: Medical Mutual of Ohio.

Read more here at Watchdog.org

Posting Policy
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read more.
  • nomorecrap

    I heard that Doctors could opt out…had no idea that hospitals could do this too. Just wasn’t thinking I guess. I just don’t know how much worse this can go. WHAT A Flipping mess.

  • DeMarie Ingraham

    This is what happens when the bill is over 2,000 pages long, and no legislator read it, much less understood the ramifications. This is just the tip of the iceberg. In the end, it’s the kind of care we will all receive we really need to be worried about.

  • Mr. Incredible

    Yeah but just look at 40 million people who now have worthless insurance and it only cost us our liberty and freedom! What a deal eh?