Aaron Fobes, Julia Lawless (202)224-4515
“’We Don’t Take Obamacare’”
From Manhattan to Mississippi, Americans Struggle to Find Care Under Obamacare
Under Obamacare, Americans were promised they could choose from a variety of insurance plans that would provide quality, affordable healthcare at a lower price. Instead, six years later, patients are confused and frustrated as they struggle to find the insurance coverage they were promised.
Across the U.S., patients are finding it harder than ever to find doctors that will provide treatment under Obamacare, even for the most routine visits:
“’Anytime one of us needs a doctor,’” …“’we send out an alert: ‘Does anyone have anyone on an exchange plan that does mammography or colonoscopy? Who takes our insurance?’ It’s really a problem.’” The New York Times: Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare (May 14, 2016)
To make matters worse, many insurers were forced to pull out of the Obamacare exchanges, which means many Americans may soon find that they have only one option for coverage:
“…more than 650 counties appear on track to have just one insurer on the exchanges in 2017… Of the counties in jeopardy of having only a single exchange insurer next year, 70% have populations that are mostly rural…” The Wall Street Journal: Insurance Options Dwindle in Some Rural Regions (May 15, 2016)
With these negative developments, patients could be left without coverage altogether, trapped under a broken health law that offers no solution to the problem:
“The health care law doesn't have a backup plan if any of those states have their sole carriers drop out. An Obamacare market with no sellers would leave thousands of enrollees unable to use tax subsidies to buy insurance coverage.” Vox: 3 states are down to one Obamacare insurer. What if they fall to zero? (May 16, 2016)
Bottom line, Obamacare’s negative consequences show no signs of slowing down, highlighting the need for a full repeal and replacement of the disastrous law with affordable, patient-centered reforms in its place.
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