You probably saw the Drudge headline that California “Doctors ‘Astonished’ To Find Themselves Listed On Exchange…” from San Francisco’s KPIX. But the real meat is down in the third graf:
Independent physicians across California say they can’t afford to participate in Covered California’s insurance plans because the reimbursement rates are too low, and they say they don’t have the clout doctors with larger medical groups have to negotiate higher rates. They also warn that could mean a shortage of doctors in areas largely served by independent physicians.
♡bamaCare!!! is supposed to save money by paying doctors less. But the doctors who actually would receive less won’t see ♡bamaCare!!! patients, forcing those folks into longer waits at bigger facilities which have negotiated higher rates.
The end result of all this will be to force independent practitioners to join large conglomerates — where nobody will save any money but which will be easier for Washington to monitor and control.
Or as Gore Vidal’s Caligula said, “If only all of Rome had just one neck.”