NY Docs Sue UnitedHealth for Dropping Docs from Med AdvNetworks
That's 2,000 doctors. And what is more, the networks in question are in the UHC Medicare Advantage plans. So the patients losing their doctors are the elderly with serious ongoing conditions. Medicare Advantage plans are, in short summary, the private insurance supplemental plans that Medicare eligible persons with enough money to pay for them get in order to not have to pay for the Medicare A and B no-out-of-pocket-limits, 20% co-insurance, and for "Medicare" prescription coverage. So ObamaCare is apparently launching the missiles to turn Medicare private plans into overpriced and useless skinny Medicaid plans.
Here's a particularly vicious fact from the Department of They Wouldn't Do That Except Yes, They Would, Because Insurance Companies Screw Policy Holders for a Living:
Medical Society President Sam Unterricht told The Post the company’s decision was unfair to patients, since they had to choose a new plan under Medicare Advantage, a private alternative to traditional Medicare, by Dec. 7, when company Web sites still showed doctors who were being kicked out of the network at the start of the new year. [Isn't this a Bait & Switch and illegal under various consumer fraud statutes? And so much for the elderly who wasted days, hours and nervous-system-power researching their plans to make sure their providers were in-network (one of their most solemn, civic responsibilities now that they have "choice and control" over their healthcare) -- that time was a complete waste and a useless tax on them.More gratuitous cruelty against vulnerable citizens.]
“For some people who are medically fragile it can really be dangerous. There can be gaps in care,” he said.
Well, I suppose Obama could make a speech on January 1, 2014, telling those elderlies facing "gaps in care" to learn to be flexible and nimble in this new age of constantly-shifting-things. And, you know, maybe reinvent themselves as People Who Don't Need Medical Care. Just do a few push ups every morning, granny, and you won't need any of that expensive care for rheumatism, degenerative joint disease, or diabetes.