Health Insurance CEO: Obamacare Customers Must Break ‘Choice Habit’
The head of a major health insurance company has admitted what conservatives have been saying for years: Obamacare will ultimately limit patient choice. From The Daily Caller :
“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” Marcus Merz, CEO of Minnesota insurer PreferredOne, told The New York Times Tuesday. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”
With boatloads of mandatory services provided each and every customer whether they’re wanted or not, health insurers’ costs are going up.If insurance companies are going to keep prices at a manageable level, narrow networks are one of their only options. So far under the health care law, networks are narrowing while premiums are going up.
While insurance companies are trying to acclimate their customers to narrow networks, the limited choices were clearly not part of the promise President Barack Obama made when selling his health care law.
This is a pretty far cry from, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” and “if you like your health insurance, you can keep your insurance.”
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