Report: 7 out of 10 California doctors boycotting Obamacare
According to a new report, as many as 70% of California doctors are warning patients that they will not receive them if they have signed up for Obamacare.
From The Washington Examiner:
An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.
“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.
…“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” he said.
California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country — 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.
Can you blame the doctors? Imagine two patients who both require the same procedure. One has insurance through a private company and will pay full price for the procedure. The other, however, is insured by California’s version of Obamacare, which will pay 20% what the private insurance company will pay. If you were the doctor, would you be happy about that?
Generally, doctors are good, honest people who want the best for their patients and work hard for them every day. But we must remember that they have businesses to run. And while they might be charitable, they have to make money.
There are those who are constantly pushing class envy on everyone, who think that doctors should be paid less. These people ought to be careful what they wish for. The interest of the best and brightest among us to study and practice medicine is, in most cases, directly proportional to the potential salary that can be made by practicing medicine.
ObamaCare Underwater In Obama’s Home State
A New Poll From Democratic Polling Firm Public Policy Polling Finds That 45 Percent Of Illinoisans Disapprove Of ObamaCare While 44 Percent Approve Of The Law. (Public Policy Polling Poll, 557 RV, 4.2% MoE, 11/22-25/13)
- 70 Percent Of Illinoisans Say The Implementation Of ObamaCare Has Been “Very Unsuccessful Or “Somewhat Unsuccessful,” While Just 26 Percent Say The Implementation Has Been “Very Successful” Or “Somewhat Successful.” (Public Policy Polling Poll, 557 RV, 4.2% MoE, 11/22-25/13)
OBAMACARE’S UNPOPULARITY IS BAD NEWS FOR GOVERNOR PAT QUINN
Quinn Is An ObamaCare Supporter Who Exulted That It Was “A Great Day For Health Care In Illinois” When The Supreme Court Upheld The Law. “This is a great day for health care in America and a great day for health care in Illinois — we should never, ever forget this day,’ Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday at the new Lurie Children’s Museum in Streeterville. ‘The highest court in our land has said the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.’” (Abdon M Pallasch and Dave McKinney, “Quinn ‘Thrilled’ Over Obamacare Decision,” The Chicago Sun Times, 6/28/12)
Quinn Is Already The Third Most Unpopular Governor In The United States
60 Percent Of Illinois Voters Disapprove Of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Job Performance And Just 34 Percent Approve. (Public Policy Polling Poll, 557 RV, 4.2% MoE, 11/22-25/13)
- “Only 34% Of Voters Approve Of The Job Quinn Is Doing Compared To 60% Who Disapprove, Tying Him For The Third Most Unpopular Governor In The Country.” (Press Release, “Illinois Governor’s Race Looks Like A Toss Up,” Public Policy Polling, 11/26/13)
Quinn Is In A Statistical Dead Heat With All Four Of His Republican Rivals. (Public Policy Polling Poll, 557 RV, 4.2% MoE, 11/22-25/13)
Special favors: Obama’s illegal immigrant uncle granted permanent resident status despite DUI
He came on a student visa in the 1960s and never left, defying deportation orders and even racking up a DUI arrest along the way. None of that deterred the judge at today’s immigration hearing for President Obama’s uncle, an illegal alien from Kenya. She granted him permanent residency in the United States.
from NY Daily News:
President Barack Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, was granted permission to stay in the U.S. on Tuesday.
Judge Leonard Shapiro made the decision after Onyango Obama, 69, testified that he had lived in the U.S. for 50 years, been a hard worker, paid income tax and been arrested only once.
Asked about his family in the U.S. on Tuesday, he said, “I do have a nephew.” Asked to name the nephew, he said, “Barack Obama, he’s the president of the United States.”
Onyango Obama, the half brother of the president’s late father, has lived in the U.S. since the 1960s. He was ordered to leave the country in 1992, but remained.
Shapiro cited a law that entitles immigrants who are “out of status” to become permanent residents if they arrived in the U.S. before 1972, maintained continuous residence and are of good moral character.
Good moral character? This guy has violated the law for more than 40 years, he works at a liquor store, and has a DUI as recently as 2011. Sounds like great moral character to me! Good grief.
I suppose it pays to have friends in high places.
With no payment system, Obama admin will GUESS how much Obamacare enrollees owe for insurance
File this one under “What could possibly go wrong?” With the payment system for the Obamacare insurance exchange still not built, the Obama administration announced this evening that they will now estimate how much each enrollee owes their insurance company and pay them accordingly. That’s right…they’re going to guess.
Megyn Kelly broke the news on her show tonight:
<sarcasm> And everybody knows that the government always gets cost estimates correct the first time. </sarcasm> Anybody want to make a guess who’s going to pick up the tab when insurance companies figure out that people are under paying for their new insurance policies?