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  1. #1 Covered California strong-arms hospitals into cutting services 
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    Remember all that talk about healthcare rationing? Well, if you're a Californian, it's here.

    Covered California strong-arms hospitals into cutting services
    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/0...ting-services/
    The Obama administration once touted Covered California as a wonderful example of state health insurance exchanged.

    However, in the wake of more freedoms offered to Americans under President Trump (e.g., the end of the individual mandate), it turns out many Californians are opting out of forced purchase of health insurance. This is especially true as premiums are set to soar.

    "According to an analysis by the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), enrollment drops in exchange based plans managed by Covered California could result in as many as 1.2 million more uninsured Californians in 2019.

    The Covered California budget announced last week, projects an increase in premiums of an estimated 9-13 percent due to a combination of federal policy changes and related enrollment declines."

    The administrators of Covered California are now scrambling to reduce costs. Therefore, hospitals are being strong-armed into reducing services in a blatant cost-cutting measure.

    "Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven’t met targets for safety and quality, they’ll risk being excluded from the “in-network” designation of health plans sold on the state’s insurance exchange....

    Here’s how hospitals will be measured: They must perform fewer unnecessary cesarean sections, prescribe fewer opioids and cut back on the use of imaging (X-rays, MRIs and CT scans) to diagnose and treat back pain. Research has shown these are problem areas in many hospitals — the procedures and pills have an important place, but have been overused to the point of causing patient harm, health care analysts said."

    The excuse that is being used is that too many C-sections are performed....

    Color me skeptical about the motives. Furthermore, in a race to meet the targets, there is real possibility that a necessary C-section would not be performed, and that could prove fatal to both the mother and child. The decision should be between the patient and doctor, not by a bureaucrat checking statistics.

    I would argue that this is the first phase of health care rationing that conservative activists warned would happen.

    Covered California also made another move that hints at their financial troubles: It is now marketing strongly to college graduates.

    Many are going to have to suffer through an Obamacare promotion during their graduation ceremonies....
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    They don't call it commiefornia for nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Old White Man View Post
    They don't call it commiefornia for nothing.
    Don't let your state get like us.
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    If you like your healthcare services, you can't keep them under obamacare.

    Can death panels be far behind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dlr Pyro View Post
    If you like your healthcare services, you can't keep them under obamacare.

    Can death panels be far behind?
    My thinking exactly.

    A lot of this panic has to do with the fact that CA just promised that all illegal aliens can be in Covered California, but they don't have hardworking citizens to cover the lawbreakers. So they'll just cut services to citizens instead. A citizen won't be able to get a C-section so that an illegal can have a free sex-change operation. Madness!
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