Obamacare website removes all traces of 'you can keep your doctor'
Well, well, well. Could this finally be an admission from the Obama administration that Obamacare isn’t working as planned? Obamacare’s flagship website, healthcare.gov, has removed any trace of Obama’s now-infamous promise that, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”:
Just before open enrollment began last year, however, this section was dropped. Now the same link takes users to a section entitled “How to pick a health insurance plan.” (The internet address that contains the words “keep-your-doctor” redirects to an address ending with “plan-types.”)
The closest the website comes to mentioning the president’s “keep your doctor” commitment is, “To be certain your doctor is included in your plan’s network, contact the plan or provider for the most up-to-date information.”
Interestingly, this covert edit comes on the heels of an eye-opening report that “36 percent of [Obamacare] exchange market rating regions in the United States in 2017 will have just one health insurance carrier.”
In other words: no, you can’t keep your doctor and no, many of you won’t have a choice in insurers.
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It’s a pretty badass move for a president, and he got a lot of love on Twitter with the hashtag #ObamaJAMA.
What’s in the article
Basically, Obama is laying out how the next president could continue to improve health care. Obama recommends things like lowering the cost of prescription drugs and making a “public option” available for people buying health care coverage as a cheaper alternative to buying coverage from private companies.
Keep in mind the article isn’t marked as peer-reviewed, though it did go through extensive fact checking and editing, Forbesreported.
“While we of course recognized the author is the president of the United States, JAMA has enormously high standards and we certainly expected the president to meet those standards,” Howard Bauchner, JAMA editor-in-chief, told Bloomberg in an interview.
In the article, Obama lays out a rigorous defense of the Affordable Care Act and how much progress we’ve made.
“Since the ACA became law, the uninsured rate has declined by 43%, from 16.0% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015,” Obama wrote.
But the work is far from done. “Despite this progress, too many Americans still strain to pay for their physician visits and prescriptions, cover their deductibles, or pay their monthly insurance bills; struggle to navigate a complex, sometimes bewildering system; and remain uninsured,” wrote the president.
The future of health care under Clinton or Trump
Obama recommends future policies that will expand the Affordable Care Act, make prescriptions less expensive and introduce a public option plan for health insurance.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seems more in-tune with Obama’s health care policies and has thrown her support behind expanding taxpayer-funded insurance options. Presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act if elected.
Kroger will offer transgender workers full health coverage
Midwestern supermarket chain The Kroger Co. will offer full health insurance coverage for transgender employees’ specific medical needs from next year, a company spokesperson confirmed to Fusion this afternoon.
Kroger made the announcement on Friday on the company’s internal social networking site:
We are excited to announce that The Kroger Co. has added transgender health benefits for eligible employees enrolled in an Anthem BCBS administered plan offered under the company-sponsored health insurance plan… Beginning January 1, 2016, medical procedures including surgery and drug therapy for gender reassignment will be covered up to a $100,000 lifetime maximum for eligible associates and their dependents.
Please fire me. Today I brought in a ham sandwich (I work in a hospital as a receptionist) and a man came up to me saying (exact quote) “Hey lady, could you not eat that disgusting peace of cr#p in here, my kid doesn’t like pork.” My sudden response was “If your kid doesn’t like it then he shouldn’t look then, should he?” After that the guy waited outside the hospital and slapped me when I came out after my shift.
Health care is a right. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, affordable access to care is a reality for millions of people who didn’t have it before. Now, a Supreme Court case threatens to roll back that progress and take away 9.3 million Americans’ health coverage — disproportionately impacting women and people of color.