File this one under “Now they tell us.” The New York Times reports on narrowing options under Obamacare. Remember “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?” They were just kidding:
In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.
These so-called narrow networks, featuring limited groups of providers, have made a big entrance on the newly created state insurance exchanges, where they are a common feature in many of the plans.
This is the money quote:
“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”
That “choice habit that everyone has” must give way to the dictates of the state. Where are all of those pro-choice Democrats when we need them?