When Big Government Liberals meet real world problems, they do what any sane person would do.
In Health Care, Choice Is Overrated
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Despite the fact that so many Americans are already in selective networks, they are nervous that the Affordable Care Act, which I helped design as an adviser to the Obama administration, will further restrict their choice of doctors or make them pay higher out-of-network charges.
Boy, is that ever a Fox Butterfield construction. It’s because (not despite) Americans have managed to find a competent doctor in their plan that they fear ObamaCare, “which [he] helped design as an adviser to the Obama administration, will further restrict their choice of doctors or make them pay higher out-of-network charges.” It already has, in thousands of cases.
But the man who brought you ObamaCare has it all figured out. You know how to make it up to people? Better doctors for all:
But selective networks themselves are not a problem. The problem is that not all networks are of consistently high quality.
Millions of people enroll in top-flight managed care plans like Kaiser Permanente, limiting themselves to the physicians employed by these companies. Rarely do you hear Kaiser beneficiaries complain about the tyranny of their restrictive network. Why should they, when they have first-rate providers?
As more people enter the A.C.A.’s new insurance exchanges, they will get to choose between a bronze plan with a narrow network and lower premiums and a platinum plan with a broader network and higher premiums. Inevitably, some insurance plans will offer narrow networks with poor-quality providers.
However, there are four ways that we could reassure Americans that they are getting high-quality care despite choosing a narrow network.
I’ll spare you the meddling superficialities. It’s a NY Times piece if you like the sound of a mosquito whining in your ear.
The law isn’t at fault, oh no, sh*tty doctors are at fault. And you… you people, who insist that nothing can ever change. And he’s just the guy to fix what he broke. If you… you people would just get over yourselves.