Uh-O! Top Hospitals May Be Opting Out Of ObamaCare

Uh-O! Top Hospitals May Be Opting Out Of ObamaCare

If you have been following the nightmares of Obamacare, then you may be aware of the sticker shock suffered by many Americans when it comes to the cost of their new “free” healthcare. Not only are they finding out that their healthcare is not free, they are gasping for air at the increase in costs of their premiums, the huge deductibles that have been tacked on and even the millions of cancellation letters that either have been sent out or are due to be sent out before the January 2014 deadline. Team Obama is swirling around trying to deflect the criticism regarding all of the changes to the nation’s insurance policies as well as the failed launch of the government healthcare website.

As the nation struggles to deal with the ObamaCare debacle, it seems that having passed the bill, we are beginning to find out more and more, what exactly is in it.

For example, are the nation’s top hospitals opting out of ObamaCare?  According to a recent Watchdog.org report they apparently are. Watchdog.org contacted the top 18 hospitals ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2013-2014 and found that many of them will only accept one or two insurance companies that are included in ObamaCare. Some of them have opted out altogether. Of the top 18 hospitals, 11 of the top 18 hospitals had only one or two carriers. The good news? If you purchased an individual policy outside of ObamaCare, chances are you may still be able to have the option of going to that hospital.
 
Uh-O! Will this spell more trouble for Team Obama and ObamaCare? I wonder WHO will get the blame for this one. 
 
Here is the list of the top ranked hospitals that were interviewed by Watchdog.org.

 

Rank* Hospital Insurance Accepted**
1 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore All insurance companies, per state law
2 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston All insurance companies, per state law
3 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Blue Cross (silver plan only)
4 Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio Medical Mutual of Ohio
5 UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net
6 Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago Land of Lincoln, Blue Cross
7 New York-Presbyterian University Hospitalof Columbia and Cornell UnitedHealthCare, EmblemHealth, Aetna
8 UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco Anthem Blue Cross
9 Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston All insurance companies, per state law
10 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, UPMC Health Plan, Health America
11 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Aetna Independence, Blue Cross
12 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. Coventry Health Care, Blue Cross
13 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles Health Net
14 NYU Langone Medical Center, New York UnitedHealthCare, Affinity Health System, Fidelis Care
15 Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis Coventry Health Care
16 Indiana University Health Academic Health Center, Indianapolis Indiana University Health Plans
17 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia Independence Blue Cross, Aetna
18 University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Anthem Blue Cross, HealthSpan, SummaCare, SuperMed

     

     

     

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    5 Comments
    • GWB says:

      Yeah, this goes hand-in-hand with the “doctors dropping off the plans” bit. And, of course, when your demand (subscribers on ObamaCare.gov) goes up and your supply (doctors and hospitals on the plans) goes down, there’s some cosequence of that…. I can’t recall what it is at the moment, though I thought it had something to do with prices……..

    • Daniel says:

      I think this is really their goal. To destroy the market and make a one payor system.

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