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March 17, 2014

Barbara Riis-Christensen: Obamacare lacks doctors’ support

According to a December article in the Washington Examiner, 70 percent of California’s doctors, estimated at 104,000, are expected to boycott Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act).

According to the Dec. 6 Washington Examiner, 70 percent of California’s doctors, estimated at 104,000, are expected to boycott Obamacare (Affordable Care Act). The president of the California Medical Association told the Examiner, “We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. ... No other business would do that.”

The Washington Examiner also reports that one health director warns that enrollment doesn’t mean access, because there aren’t enough doctors to take the low rates of Medicaid. There aren’t enough primary care physicians as it is. California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country – 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.

Lisa Folberg, CMA’s vice president of medical and regulatory policy, says, “Some physicians have been put in the network and they were included basically without their permission.”

We might have health insurance, but what kind of health care will we be receiving?

BARBARA RIIS-CHRISTENSEN

Atwater

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