The problem with this new accusation from President Obama and his surrogates is that it is completely, utterly and verifiably false (Grover G. The Dallas Morning News: The Importance Of Health Care Navigators To Texas Millions of Texans don't have the security of health coverage.
In fact, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the nation.
But why, exactly, are doctors in such short supply? It turns out that the real bottleneck is at the post-med-school step: residencies, those supervised, intensive, hazing-like, on-the-job training programs that doctors are required to go through before they can practice on their own (Catherine Rampell, 12/14).
NPR: Before The Prescription, Ask About Your Doctor's Finances When my mother discovered that her oncologist was being paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak about a cancer drug -; the same one that he had put her on -; she became upset, confused and scared.
So -; who are these navigators and what is their role in Obamacare? The senator's blanket statement in a recent column in the Herald-Leader that "most Kentuckians oppose" the act must be based on the complaints he hears in the echo chamber he and other critics have created and continue to nurture. Tom Corbett has lately been getting credit in the political press for being one of those Republican governors coming around on the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Because the reality in Kentucky -; many hundreds of miles from the senator's offices and home in Washington -; is different (Gov. Los Angeles Times: Pennsylvania Isn't Serious About Expanding Medicaid. Advocates for the underprivileged can't understand why. Corbett's "Healthy Pennsylvania" plan, which was released for public comment this week, is a sham.
Nowhere is this more evident than with some of the promises regarding how the law will affect both individuals and businesses.
Everyone is now familiar with the administration's debunked promise that "if you like your plan, you can keep it." Over 5 million Americans lost their health insurance in recent months.It would reduce health benefits for many of his neediest citizens and impose punitive conditions on their coverage (Michael Hiltzik, 12/14).Tampa Bay Times: Failure At The Top On Medicaid Florida is stuck with a tea party governor who won't talk and a tea party House speaker who won't listen. Rick Scott refuses to repeat his earlier support for Medicaid expansion, and House Speaker Will Weatherford refuses to hear the economic and moral arguments for accepting billions of federal dollars to cover the poor.The shocks-;economic and political-;will get much worse next year and beyond (Michael J. The Wall Street Journal: Backdating Obama Care The White House says that Obama Care is all fixed, but its conduct suggests otherwise.As it has realized that the government-created chaos is exposing patients to nasty and even deadly surprises, the government is now forcing the insurance industry to cover everyone retroactively and also to waive the contractual terms of that coverage-;or else (12/13).Congress is finally rejecting such ideological rigidness in embracing a budget compromise, and the Legislature should do the same on health care (12/13).