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Of course not: Obamacare plans won’t cover treatment at top hospitals

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By Doug Powers  •  December 9, 2013 11:17 AM

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The short version of this story is that people will definitely be seeing more of these signs (h/t Ace of Spades):

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From the Financial Times:

Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres.

Amid a drive by insurers to limit costs, the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, two top cancer centres, or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals in the country.

Experts say the move by insurers to limit consumers’ choices and steer them away from hospitals that are considered too expensive, or even “inefficient”, reflects the new competitive landscape in the insurance industry since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law.

It could become another source of political controversy for the Obama administration next year, when the plans take effect.

Forget about “top” hospitals. I haven’t yet checked the fine print on the bronze plan, but I’d be willing to bet the section where it lists covered treatment centers includes the words “triage tent in the K-Mart parking lot (closed weekends).”

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