Welcome to the Future of ObamaCare

 As we enter into this glorious new world of perfect medical care in the United States—consigning to the dust-bin of history the false promises of Obama such as If you like your insurance plan you  can keep it,” it will be important not to maintain false hopes.* The reality is this: “Insurers predict 100% to 400% Obamacare rate explosion.” In other words, if you can afford a 400% increase in annual premiums, then you may be able to keep your insurance. On the other hand, you may not be able to keep your doctor because doctors may only be available through certain networks and increasing limits on reimbursement may find your doctor looking for other patients or going out of business.

Here is Obama’s promise in a speech to the annual meeting of the American Medical Association:

So let me begin by saying this to you and to the American people: I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. (Applause.) If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. (Applause.) No one will take it away, no matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: Fix what’s broken and build on what works. And that’s what we intend to do.”

Here is what the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed later:

“Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor.”  The bottom line is that Obamacare guarantees neither. Doctors may be only available through certain networks, just as in the current system.  And only plans that existed in their current form on March 23, 2010, are even eligible to be “kept.” The vast majority of plans will be new, subject to a raft of new regulations, requirements, and restrictions.”

And more reality, ““The midrange estimate is that 66% of small employer plans and 45% of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfathered status by the end of 2013.”

Doctor Shortage Set to Undermine Obamacare. Health care professionals are warning that there could be a wide gap between the number of people seeking medical treatment under Obamacare and the number of doctors available to provide it.”

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The best way to avoid the coming disappointments with ObamaCare, particularly if you are a senior, is to look at what is happening in the model for the movement to socialized, government-run medical care, remembering that the people who designed ObamaCare were fervent admirers of the British National Health Service. Some recent headlined stories from The Telegraph(U.K.):

Emergency care in crisis admits NHS regulator
“Too many patients — especially the elderly — are arriving in hospital as an emergency, when they should have received help much earlier, said David Prior, head of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). As a result, he added, the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse and regulators cannot promise to prevent further scandals like Mid-Staffordshire.”

Care system now ‘unsustainable’ after £3bn cuts, social services chiefs warn
The elderly care system has become “unsustainable” and could “crack” within the next two years because of funding cuts, social services chiefs warned as it emerged they are being forced to slash spending by another £800 million this year.

Remember Nancy Pelosi’s famous comment? “So we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Well, now we are finding out what is in it. Thank you Congress!

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