CA's Largest Small-Business Insurer Abandons Obamacare Exchange
Remember how Barack Obama gave that stupid speech the other day to assure us that ObamaCare was working perfectly, and he was going to plow right through the naysayers? He'll be plowing through Anthem Blue Cross in California, according to the L.A. Times:
Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross is spurning California's new
insurance market for small businesses, a potential setback in the
state's rollout of the federal healthcare law.
Anthem, a unit of WellPoint Inc., is California's largest
insurer for small employers. The company's surprising move raised
concerns about the state's ability to offer competitive rates and
attract businesses to its new Covered California exchange that opens
"If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away, no matter what." - Barack Obama, 2009
The federal Affordable Care Act left it up to health insurers to decide whether they wanted to sell in these government-run marketplaces.
Friday's disclosure made
Anthem the first big insurer in California to publicly pass on the
small-business pool. Some other big names, such as UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Aetna Inc., have already opted out of California's larger exchange for individual consumers.
"If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health
care plan. Period. No one will take it away, no matter what." -
Barack Obama, 2009
Obama also promised, "If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor." But the commissars at the People's Glorious Department of Health and Human Services recently made a very quiet little change to its Q&A website to answer the question, "Can I keep my own doctor?" as follows:
Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor.
Different plans have different networks and providers
Most health insurance plans offered in the Marketplace have networks
of hospitals, doctors, specialists, pharmacies, and other health care
providers. Networks include health care providers that the plan
contracts with to take care of the plan’s members. Depending on the type
of policy you buy, care may be covered only when you get it from a
When comparing plans in the Marketplace, you will see a link to a
list of providers in each plan’s network. If staying with your current
doctors is important to you, check to see if they are included before
choosing a plan.
No, America, if staying with your current doctor was important to you, you needed to vote Barack Obama the hell out of office in 2012. But you didn't, so you're going to lose your doctor, especially if you're relying on a plan whose provider just bailed out of the ObamaCare train wreck.