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Doctors Begin To Refuse
Obamacare Patients

Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/5/2014 5:27:11 AM

Obamacare plans have shrunk payments to physicians so much that some doctors say they won’t be able to afford to accept Obamacare coverage, NPR reports. Many of the eight million sign-ups in Obamacare exchanges nationwide already face more limited choices for physicians and hospitals than those in the private insurance market. But with low physician reimbursement rates, the problem could get even worse. For a typical quick patient visit, Dr. Doug Gerard, a Connecticut internist, told NPR a private insurer would pay $100 while Medicare would pay around $80. But Obamacare plans are more likely to pay closer to $80, which Gerard

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: DW626, 8/5/2014 5:50:47 AM     (No. 9953616)

Pay?! But I thought it was going to be easy, free and accessible to everyone.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 8/5/2014 5:58:45 AM     (No. 9953618)

I wish the doctor I go to would refuse Obamacare patients. Appointment wait times have gone from a few days to a month, and he really looks beat nowadays.
Hes still a great doctor and giving it his all, but I think his all is running out.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/5/2014 6:22:12 AM     (No. 9953626)

Velcome to Soviet Union, comrades! While you wait, please take look at one of the many magazines with Comrade Michelle on cover. Very niiiice! [h/t Borat]

The Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement rates are pretty stinking low; I didn´t realize ObeymeCare could sink even lower.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bkt23, 8/5/2014 6:56:16 AM     (No. 9953657)

Obviously, the problem is greedy doctors. Congress´ next step will be to cap what doctors may earn.

Can we please repeal the ACA now?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 8/5/2014 7:07:23 AM     (No. 9953671)

No worries! The basic patient should be able to make up the difference out of pocket now - O´bama did cut everyone´s medical expenses by $2,500 a year didn´t he?????


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Reply 6 - Posted by: uno, 8/5/2014 7:27:03 AM     (No. 9953689)

Bill Ayers said that 25 million people would have to be eliminated in re-education camps.
I guess the only thing he was wrong about was that camp thing...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 8/5/2014 7:32:45 AM     (No. 9953691)

"a certain mix in private practice between the low reimbursers and the high reimbursers"

Does this mean those that can pay must pay for those that can´t? Wish they´d have taken that trillion+ and paid it directly to the hospitals and clinics to reimburse them for those that can´t pay, and left the rest of us alone.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: toodles3956, 8/5/2014 7:40:06 AM     (No. 9953700)

If I read this correctly, Dr´s are complaining that a payment of $80 for a office call that lasts about 10 minutes isn´t enough? Aw, come on.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/5/2014 7:41:18 AM     (No. 9953702)

Obamacare, brought to you by the same people who run the VA hospitals. No worries. We´ll all be in such good hands. No one does health care better than bureaurcrats. /s

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ranger06, 8/5/2014 7:46:17 AM     (No. 9953710)

FTA “I think it could lead potentially to this kind of distinction that there are these different tiers of quality of care,” Connecticut Obamacare chief Kevin Counihan told NPR. ”That’s been something, at least in our state, that we’re trying to work against. And the carriers are, as well.”

Love it - "trying to work against" - how do you do that? Explain to them they will lose money on each paitent but make it up in volume?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: skedaddle, 8/5/2014 8:03:43 AM     (No. 9953728)

Can´t 0bama sign a decree that all doctors must accept any reimbursement?

Dr. Gerard does doctors no favor by saying that he´ll go broke at $80 a quick visit. I don´t remember the last time a doctor spent more than 5-10 minutes talking with me and it has always been paid as an intermediate or long visit. Dr. Gerard just needs to quick checking the quick-visit box.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/5/2014 8:05:25 AM     (No. 9953734)

#8. I am just an average patient who keeps her eyes open. $80. payment for the office visit is not enough to keep the lights on, pay for those nice paper gowns, pay the nice nurse who takes your blood pressure, and the office worker who must answer your phone calls and schedule your appointment, and fax numerous papers to your prescription insurance, and enter everything including your BMI on the bill submitted on the electronic billing system.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: millstream, 8/5/2014 8:22:20 AM     (No. 9953752)

#12 you forgot the insurances liability, malpractice, a billing professional (it takes 40 hours a week to keep track of insurance coverages and reimbursements) all the other supplies, mortgage, equipment, staff benefits etc. Our office costs are approximately 75% of current reimbursements. What is your physician´s time worth? Does he deserve to be reimbursed for 8 or more years of a grueling training program? Most people will deeply regret the ACA within the next 5 years.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/5/2014 8:29:40 AM     (No. 9953763)

I hope that all the patients who are turned away are leftist idiots who voted for their messiah. I know several who are in their seventies, have lots of health issues and still have the 2008 0bama/Biden stickers on their cars.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Black Knight, 8/5/2014 8:47:43 AM     (No. 9953785)

Why use a doctor why serves ObamaCare?

Those who don´t are the ones good enough to earn more than ObamaCare reimbursement rates and smart enough to avoid no-cost patients making frivolous appointments that multiply wait times for paying patients with urgent health issues.

Best way to find the best doctors:
"Do you accept ObamaCare [freeloaders]?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Black Knight, 8/5/2014 8:49:37 AM     (No. 9953788)



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Black Knight, 8/5/2014 8:50:33 AM     (No. 9953792)

Apology:
Why use a doctor "who" serves ObamaCare?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/5/2014 9:07:18 AM     (No. 9953824)

Step 2 - Liberal states will tell Doctors that they must accept Medicare if they want to keep their licenses.

Step 3 - Doctors migrate to other states and NO ONE can see a doctor.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 8/5/2014 9:15:49 AM     (No. 9953837)

He´s so busy nobody goes to see him any more

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Reply 20 - Posted by: rustycfc, 8/5/2014 9:29:15 AM     (No. 9953863)

blame all this mess on justice Roberts.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Emerson, 8/5/2014 9:32:42 AM     (No. 9953869)

Not sure Gerard was a good pick for their "doctor example". His medical school was in Mexico. In practice 33 years. The one review site I went to gave him one star out of a possible five. And he is taking new patients.



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Reply 22 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 8/5/2014 10:07:44 AM     (No. 9953929)

It is poetic justice that this disaster is known as Obamacare.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Clinger, 8/5/2014 10:10:52 AM     (No. 9953935)

Yes #4 price controls are on the way. This will work for a while since we have that which the private sector built left to cannibalize. Once it´s gone then what? The supply already strained by the ageing baby boom will dry up.

The rich will be able to pay exorbitant prices and travel about the globe to get care, the poor will get "free" care while the rest of us do without. We´ll start a black market, and self treat. We will also see medical care now only legally administered by MD´s, provided by government workers possessing only vocational training and certifications bestowed upon them by corrupt bureaucrats.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/5/2014 10:26:49 AM     (No. 9953952)

Not to worry. Soon you´ll just visit one of the luxury "Cruise Clinics" three miles off shore, or the shiny new clinic next to the Casino on Reservation land, both of which will be outside Obamacare jurisdiction.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/5/2014 11:17:27 AM     (No. 9954028)

This is what happens when healthcare becomes a ´right´.

If you are purchasing healthcare insurance, do not go through an Obamacare portal. Work directly with the insurance companies.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Old TV Guy, 8/5/2014 11:41:12 AM     (No. 9954052)

Received an appointment reminder yesterday. It stated that the California Covered Care Exchange insured (Obama Care) will not be accepted by the practice. They are still accepting Medicare insured patients. The practice is the area surgical association. The dominoes are lined up.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 8/5/2014 11:46:10 AM     (No. 9954055)

I guess you´ve got to be a politician to get the best healthcare...for free.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 8/5/2014 11:57:22 AM     (No. 9954067)

I recently broke my foot, and decided to go back to the orthopedic practice that treated me when I fractured my other ankle five years ago. The practice no longer accepts United Health Care, because it apparently pays even less than Medicare. So while I get reimbursed for my expenses, it´s not as much as if the office were in the network. However, I was so impress with the treatment I received the first time that I refused to go anywhere else. I was also told by the receptionist that this practice does not accept any 0bamacare plans.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 8/5/2014 12:05:46 PM     (No. 9954078)

It´s that no good very bad House and Republicans. If they would have helped O´bumbler, ACA would work now.

Democrats, what a bunch of morons.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: cheeflo, 8/5/2014 1:13:01 PM     (No. 9954149)

No, #20 -- you can´t blame all this mess on Justice Roberts. He didn´t make this happen. He upheld the individual mandate -- that´s about it. I don´t agree with him, but it remains to be seen how this plays out. His insight into the law may see something the rest of us don´t.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/5/2014 4:04:04 PM     (No. 9954318)

Why are the doctors crying poor now, when the AMA was all in favor of the Obamanation?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: 4justice, 8/5/2014 6:01:40 PM     (No. 9954408)

#7, you mean like the way it was before Zerocare??

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Reply 33 - Posted by: tobias, 8/5/2014 6:52:53 PM     (No. 9954445)

Just returned from my dentist. I was told that my dentist is offering their own insurance and that they have stopped accepting most insurance because of Obamacare laws pertaining to those providers.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: bhkat, 8/5/2014 9:55:34 PM     (No. 9954554)

One way to get around this is to take $50 cash that the doctor doesn´t report to the IRS. I don´t endorse that but that is one way around it.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: reilly, 8/5/2014 11:17:34 PM     (No. 9954624)


The Democrats created this nightmare. Don´t ever forget.


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Reply 36 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 8/5/2014 11:34:12 PM     (No. 9954639)

#28 United Health= AARP.
AARP the useful idiots who were promised the single payer role if they helped pass ACA.
By the way remember while a Senator Rick S. sent United thousands in Pork.
Also #20 the Roberts decision may be the day after pill that destroys Obamacare with no recourse to rebirth it.
The rough potion to swallow is the push of cheap medications that contain high levels of toxic ingredients because the insurance companies are getting large discounts for using them.

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Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/4/2014 10:36:54 AM     Post Reply
In a speech in Boston, First Lady Michelle Obama left behind talk of exercise and school lunches, exchanging it all for bald politics by claiming that under her husband the US economy is now better off "by almost every economic measure." The First Lady appeared at the Strand Theater Friday to stump for Martha Coakley´s campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Coakley needs help badly, as even in blue, blue Massachusetts, the race between Democrat Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker is essentially a toss up. In her remarks, Obama pushed the President´s newest campaign line that he has saved the economy based on

United Airlines Flight 998 From Brussels
To Newark Liberty Met By Hazmat CDC
Officials – Liberian Father and Daughter*

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Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: galloglass- 10/4/2014 3:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please secure your trays tables and seats into their upright and locked positions, along with any vomit or other Potentially Infectious Materials for our flight staff to pick up as we prepare for arrival to our final destination”…. “And, as always, the staff of United Flight 998 would like to thank you for remaining calm as we transport the Ebola virus to a destination near you”. NEW YORK - A United Airilines flight from Brussels was met by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials today at Newark Liberty International Airport after a passenger on board believed to be from Liberia exhibited possible signs of

Meghan McCain on Secret
Service: ´I hated all of them´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 12:16:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in


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