As the old saying goes, you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. Despite the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln modern day politicians still try to defy the laws persuasion believing that the rules do not apply to them.
Case in point, President Barack Obama. Back in 2009 he told the American Medical Association “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
These words echo in no place louder than in the homes of Americans who despite two campaigns, six years in the oval office, and thousands of campaign promises are still left desolate without a doctor, without proper health care, and without the opportunities that they were promised by a President who captured their imagination and dared them to dream of an America that could do better.
It was the politics of hope and change that fueled a fundamental shift in the way that government interferes in the lives of Americans. It was the politics of hope and change that hoodwinked Americans in to consenting to the largest health care scheme ever conceived and perpetrated by the federal government of the United States of America.
Fast forward to June 2014 and it becomes clear, this is not the hope and change that we were promised. In a string of blunders from six million Americans getting their health insurance cancelled, to a failing website, to hundreds of millions in fraud in state exchanges, Obamacare is starting to be exposed for the boondoggle that it truly is.
Even in the liberal haven that is California, Americans are turning on Obamacare as they scramble to find a doctor that will care for them. The problem has escalated so much that California regulators are now trying to shift the blame to the insurance companies by investigating them for providing inaccurate provider lists in violation of California.
While the state of California should rightfully investigate while Obamacare premium paying citizens are being denied the opportunity to see a doctor, the much larger question still looms like a dark cloud over an administration that refuses to acknowledge the upcoming rain storm: Why are doctors unwilling to participate in Obamacare?
That’s the trillion-dollar question that will plague our nation for as long as Obamacare exists in its current state. Doctors are being asked to see more patients for the same pay. Physicians, who in many cases are local business owners, have seen their Medicare and Medicaid payments frozen as they have seen the cost of office rents, medical equipment, and staffing all rise.
We were promised lower premiums and more choices. What we received were higher premiums and fewer choices. Physicians by and large do not want to be a part of Obamacare, which is why you are seeing many of them opt out of Medicare and Medicaid.
California can probe Anthem Insurance all they would like, but until we can figure out a system that justly compensates physicians for the work they do, I can’t imagine physicians wanting to participate in a system that will eventually bankrupt them.
If we continue on our current path, finding out which doctors are on the in-network provider list should be quite easy. There won’t be any.