ObamaCare Limits Patient Choice

Carol Platt Liebau

12/8/2013 7:50:00 PM - Carol Platt Liebau

ObamaCare's focus on cutting costs means that Americans will have more limited access to leading hospitals -- many of which offer cutting edge treatments or care that the sickest patients need.

Places like Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles or the Mayo Clinic (in Rochester, MN) are expensive. And under competitive pressure in the new ObamaCare world, insurance companies are in a bigger rush than ever to cut costs . . . so good-bye, premier hospitals.

But what Americans are coming to understand is that those hospitals aren't just mindless profit centers. They're expensive because they offer cutting edge treatments. Or they're expensive because they offer the kinds of specialized care that the very sickest patients need.

Many Americans who had plans they could afford -- and who had access under them to leading health care providers -- are now finding that, under ObamaCare, they're effectively being locked out of first-rate care. That is, unless they're willing to pay a whole lot more for it, according to one of ObamaCare's architects:

You know, there's a reason that President Obama waited to "introduce" ObamaCare until after the 2012 election.