Economics Healthcare Politics

Obamacare Screws Doctors

There are a bunch of self-evident ways that doctors are going to be hurt by Obamacare, but a new problem has just been “noticed”. I guess this is part of the whole, “We have to pass it to figure out what’s in it,” thing.

The new problem for doctors (and coverage providers) has to deal with patient payment.

Tucked inside… the Affordable Care Act is a little-known provision that doles out three months of free health care to individuals who choose to default on their premiums.

People who receive the federal subsidy to be part of Obamacare will be allowed to incur a three-month “grace period” if they can’t pay their premiums and then simply cancel their policies, stiffing the doctors and hospitals.

Yep. We haven’t seen the worst troubles with Obamacare yet. That will happen when people start to realize that instead of paying thousands of dollars for their medical procedures, they simply have to cancel their coverage and the doctor or insurance company (or both) will get stuck with the bill. Anyone willing to bet that we won’t see massive fraud and financial disaster for many healthcare providers because of this little loophole?

Sadly, the Department of Health and Human Services knows about the loophole and doesn’t plan to do anything about it.

Obamacare Fail“HHS will continue to explore options for incentivizing appropriate use of the grace period,” the register said.  “HHS will monitor this issue moving forward and will continue to work on the development of policies to prevent misuse of the grace period.”

So anyone looking for expensive procedures, get them done now and drop your plan so that you won’t have to pay a dime. Once HHS realizes how crippling this policy could be, they are going to have to do something to rectify the problem.

Experts say the federal government has given people the green light to commit fraud.

“In a sense, it legalizes fraud… It legalizes putting your burdens on the insurance companies’ shoulders and never paying your premiums. The government wants people to be irresponsible and apparently they want the whole system to descend into chaos.”

In Massachusetts, where a variation of Obamacare already exists, the problem already has emerged…

“People are signing up and getting care and bailing out…

Yet another great example of horrific government planning, not to mention proof that the government should have no part in planning anything that operates in the free market. The problem that keeps popping up is that the government and the free market have opposing values. The government wants to try to insure every American, the free market wants to make money. Sadly, you cannot do both.

But the President (and the Democrat Party) knew that all along. Obamacare is a red herring — the only reason it was created was to pave the way for a single payer system and fully socialized medicine in the USA. However, seeing how poorly the government has done trying to get Obamacare off the ground has worked to convince more Americans that the government has no place in the healthcare industry… so maybe this whole Obamacare debacle will actually end up working in our favor.

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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