Landrieu's ObamaCare becomes less Affordable
Two recent stories highlight how Mary Landrieu’s ObamaCare could wind up costing patients big time:
The Times Picayune reported yesterday on a new rule that would allow insurance companies to reject charitable payments on behalf of patients with chronic diseases, leaving them to foot expensive bills themselves:
“A new federal rule governing the Affordable Care Act allows insurance companies providing coverage under the law to reject premium payments from charities that help people with chronic diseases obtain health care. The CMS rule has drawn protests from groups such as the Hemophilia Federation of America that represents patients with chronic diseases, saying the rule runs afoul of the Affordable Care Act's intent of making health insurance available to people with pre-existing conditions.”
And according to an Associated Press report this morning, the Obama Administration approved a pricing strategy for insurance companies to deal with rising costs by passing them on to patients:
“The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements. Some experts worry that patients could be surprised with big medical bills they must pay themselves, undercutting financial protections in the new health care law.”
As if millions losing their doctors and insurance wasn’t enough, now we’re learning ObamaCare is in some cases closing doors on patients with preexisting conditions and increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients. So while Senator Landrieu is “proud” to have voted for ObamaCare because it “drives down costs and expands affordable health care choices,” the reality is quite the opposite and shows how wrong she continues to be on this misguided law.