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LA Times: People who sign up for Obamacare to get health care might have a hard time getting health care

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By Doug Powers  •  September 16, 2013 12:01 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

A brief flashback just to set the mood: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”:

The latest on that “you can keep your doctor” promise via the L.A. Times:

The doctor can’t see you now.

Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

To hold down premiums, major insurers in California have sharply limited the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market opening Oct. 1.

New data reveal the extent of those cuts in California, a crucial test bed for the federal healthcare law.

These diminished medical networks are fueling growing concerns that many patients will still struggle to get care despite the nation’s biggest healthcare expansion in half a century.

Consumers could see long wait times, a scarcity of specialists and loss of a longtime doctor.

So basically the Obamacare law could be little more than a multitrillion dollar waiting room? To your health!

**Written by Doug Powers

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