So Much For The Promise ‘If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor’

One by one, all of the promises of Obamacare are being broken. Not just broken, but utterly destroyed. California offers a preview of what’s to come for those insured through Obamacare’s marketplaces.

The doctor can’t see you now.

Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

To hold down premiums, major insurers in California have sharply limited the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market opening Oct. 1.

New data reveal the extent of those cuts in California, a crucial test bed for the federal healthcare law.

These diminished medical networks are fueling growing concerns that many patients will still struggle to get care despite the nation’s biggest healthcare expansion in half a century.

Consumers could see long wait times, a scarcity of specialists and loss of a longtime doctor.

“These narrow networks won’t work because they cut off access for patients,” said Dr. Richard Baker, executive director of the Urban Health Institute at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. “We don’t want this to become a roadblock.” (Read More)

Hey, it’s not like people weren’t warned about all of these things. None of this should be news to anyone. But for some strange reason it’s news to the news media. Every time they publish one of these Obamacare bad news stories they should include a sincere apology for failing to do their jobs when it really mattered. They could have done it while this law was being debated and rammed through Congress. They could have done it during the 2012 election. But they didn’t. Now they have the nerve to deliver all of the bad news, as if they aren’t part of the problem.