Bill Clinton characterizes Obamacare as “the craziest thing in the world.”
In the past few days, a prominent governor said that Obamacare was not sustainable. The crazy part about it? It was a Democratic governor who was once a big fan!
Minnesota’s Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable,” a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law just a few years ago.
Gov. Mark Dayton made the comments while addressing questions about Minnesota’s fragile health insurance market, where individual plans are facing double-digit increases after all insurers threatened to exit the market entirely in 2017.
…”The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people,” Dayton said, calling on Congress to fix the law to address rising costs and market stability.
In fact, Dayton once hailed Obamacare as the apex of progressive governance and made sure the DFL-controlled legislature quickly approved the Mnsure, which is state insurance exchange.
Meanwhile, the crazy has spread to Tennessee. The state’s highest-ranked hospital will be out of network for all Obamacare customers in 2017, after Blue Cross’s sudden withdrawal from the state’s insurance marketplace.
…Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed to the Washington Examiner that it will be outside the networks of medical providers covered by the three insurers selling marketplace plans for 2017.
The hospital system, which is ranked nationally in nine adult and 10 pediatric specialties, is in network this year for Tennessee residents with Blue Cross marketplace plans. But Blue Cross announced in September it is withdrawing from the major urban areas of Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville, where Vanderbilt is located.
Back in Obama’s home-state of Illinois, never a sane place to begin with, the number of insurers offering PPO plans has whittled down to one as providers have fled the state exchange.
…Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will be the only insurer offering PPO health insurance plans on the state’s Obamacare exchange next year, according to information released Friday by the state Department of Insurance.
That’s down from five insurers that offered individual PPO plans on the exchange this year. Many consumers prefer PPO health plans because, unlike HMO plans, they allow patients to see specialist doctors without a referral and see physicians who are out-of-network, albeit at higher costs.
The reduced choices were not unexpected, following the exit of several insurers from Illinois’ exchange. Aetna, its Coventry brand, UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealthcare subsidiary Harken Health and Land of Lincoln all announced this year they wouldn’t offer individual plans on the exchange next year. Many insurers have cited financial struggles as their reason for abandoning the exchange….
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