WASHINGTON – If you thought Obamacare could not get any more unattractive to an increasingly skeptical American public, think again.
A new report by the Financial Times reveals major hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centers, are excluded from insurance plans being offered over Obamacare’s troubled online exchanges.
Health-care exchanges in New York, Texas and California, according to the report, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
In other words, you can’t keep your plan if you like it, you can’t keep your doctor if you like him and you can’t keep your hospital if you like it.
“It could become another source of political controversy for the Obama administration next year, when the plans take effect,” reports the Financial Times.
The medical centers are not thrilled either.
“We’re very concerned,” Thomas Priselac, president and chief executive officer of Cedars-Sinai Health System in California, told the paper. “[Insurers] know patients that are sick come to places lie our. What this is trying to do is redirect those patients elsewhere, but there is a reason why they come here. These patients need what it is we are capable of providing.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services claimed the new exchanges would “vastly increase” the access to medical providers.