“Nice plan — it would be a shame if anything were to happen to it.”
That, in a nutshell, is the gangsterism passing for self-government these days. The only problem? We paid the protection money but the gangsters still destroyed our plans:
In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.
These so-called narrow networks, featuring limited groups of providers, have made a big entrance on the newly created state insurance exchanges, where they are a common feature in many of the plans. While the sizes of the networks vary considerably, many plans now exclude at least some large hospitals or doctors’ groups. Smaller networks are also becoming more common in health care coverage offered by employers and in private Medicare Advantage plans.
It would have been nice if the New York Times had admitted this kind of thing would happen before the bill became law, but I guess we had to endure it so they could find out what was in it.