Jeanne Shaheen: “Pay More” to Keep Your Doctor or Hospital

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 2% wouldn’t make clear whether she would vote for Obamacare again during a radio interview in New Hampshire Friday.  She said she was concerned about limited networks in New Hampshire under Obamacare and stated:

I think what I’m hoping to do… looking at legislation is to is see if we can get a look through the federal department of Health and Human Services about the adequacy of the networks that exist so that at least for people who are willing to pay more, that they have that option of going to their doctor and hospital no matter what their insurer does.

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STUDY: Wait Times to See a Doctor Have Increased Under the Affordable Care Act

It’s safe to say that every American seeking medical attention and an appointment with their physician of choice prefers to wait for as little time as possible.  Unfortunately, a recent study finds the Affordable Care Act is exacerbating a twofold problem that already exists in our country: a physician shortage and increasing wait times.  The study’s conclusion notes:

The survey was conducted during a period of historic change in the healthcare delivery system in which health reform is anticipated to greatly increase the number of people with access to health insurance.

However, as the example of Boston illustrates, access to health insurance does not always guarantee access to a physician.

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Surprise! CBO Says Health Care Spending Will Cause U.S. Debt to Reach Record Heights

A report issued today by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), The 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook, indicates that health care spending in the U.S. is going to cause our debt to reach record high levels.

This is definitely not a surprise; conservatives, researchers at the Heritage Foundation among many others, have been warning politicians about this for years.

Back in 2012, Heritage’s Alyene Senger noted that Obamacare’s entitlement spending will make this problem dramatically worse in the years ahead:

Obamacare’s major provisions begin to kick in in 2014, and this will result in federal spending for health care programs other than Medicare and Medicaid rising from $26 billion this year to $161 billion in 2022. 

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