...Obamacare sucks monkeyballs.
California's new state health exchanges have "sharply limited" the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients, so that they can keep premium prices down.
So while you'll pay less for insurance coverage (perhaps), you'll probably have to wait forever to see a doctor. If you think that sounds like what happens in countries which have socialized medicine, then congratulations. You have an Actual Brain.
According to the sourcelink, these health networks are causing people to be concerned that patients will "struggle to get care." They'll also "see long wait times, a scarcity of specialists and loss of a longtime doctor."
Well, whaddya know.
Naturally, people who prefer to wear blinders about the SUCK that is Obamacare contend that these kinds of glitches are inevitable when you're rolling out such a huge program. But people with Actual Brains say that medical costs are going to continue to escalate if patients can't see their doctors regularly or get the follow up care they need for chronic conditions. As Donald Crane, chief executive of the CA Assn. of Physician Groups said perfectly, "It was all about price. But at what cost in terms of quality and access? Is this contrary to the purpose of the Affordable Care Act?"
But wait. It gets even better. Because according to this, if you DO ever get in to see your doctor, you should be prepared to answer questions about your sex life. Even if you're visiting the freaking dermatologist.
Instead of having a medical record which is between you and your doctor, now your information will be shared with bureaucrats, because confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
And what's the Health and Human Services Department's answer? Well, if you want to keep something out of an electronic record, pay cash. THAT IS THEIR ADVICE, you guys.