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The ACA’s January 1st Deadline Is Ticking Closer…


IP Blog | Dave Melin | December 15, 2013

BioBlogWeeklyThis week in healthcare, perspectives on the potential fallout of various portions of the Affordable Care Act as the January 1 deadline ticks ever closer.

Obamacare Won’t Create a Shortage of Doctors. That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Have Access to Them.

Scott Gottlieb explains that while a doctor shortage is not imminent, accessing those doctors through an ACA plan may not be possible. He argues that to achieve lower costs, “the tradeoff is access.To pay for the expanded Obamacare benefits, consumers are forced into narrow networks that limit their choice of doctors. This cheapens the policies enough to offset the other costs.”

4 in 10 would rather pay fine than buy insurance

A new study by Princeton Survey Research Associates found that 38% of adults (a higher figure than a similar Gallup poll) would rather pay the fine than buy ACA insurance. The study also found that Republicans were more likely to prefer paying the fine than Democrats and that many Americans are confused about the different penalties for not having health insurance after January 1, 2014.

3-Month ‘SGR Fix’ Passes House

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed a “patch” to temporarily stabilize Medicare payments to physicians, delaying the projected cuts until the new year. The US Senate is expected to address the “patch” sometime this week. There are several other bill versions floating around both legislative bodies, including several that propose to repeal the SGR.

Some health exchanges are better than others

Now that the dust has settled, state exchanges have come out looking much better-off than the federal exchange. Find out what enabled the 14 state exchanges (plus the District of Columbia) to “account for more than 50 percent of all Medicaid enrollments and 75 percent of private insurance enrollments in October.”

Obamacare’s Biggest Losers

As the healthcare deadline approaches, the Washington Post casts a spotlight on some of Obamacare’s biggest losers: Americans whose plans are being cancelled, but who have been unable to enroll in a new ACA plan.

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