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  •  Agreed, insurers are seeking to maximize returns (4+ / 0-)
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    quill, gooderservice, JesseCW, aliasalias

    That's my point. They're shifting costs onto consumers (see Olenick) and onto doctors (this story).

    And according to the article, the Exchange plans are paying out rates lower than Medicare, which has already cut back on reimbursements. You'd agree there's a point where the cuts go too far, correct?

    Of course, it's hard to tell if we've reached that point because the insurance companies are not being open or up front about this process.

    •  I think we have a looooooong way to go (2+ / 0-)
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      OrganicChemist, ban nock

      before prices are too low. And doctors in the US are overpaid compared to doctors in every other country. Not so much primary care docs, but specialists are way overpaid. If a surgeon can't buy a second vacation home, I'm not going to shed a tear.

    •  They're like unruly children who are kicking and (1+ / 0-)
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      ban nock

      screaming because they are not being allowed unlimited indulgence in the toy store.

      They will have to learn to behave, that's all there is to it.

      We're still in the stage in which they're trying to kill the ACA. More correctly, they want to kill the parts they don't like.

      The parents are going to have to remain firm but calm until they settle down. Once they get used to the exchanges, there will be insurers who start to offer better products, and in some states there will be public options or single payer. Then... things will start to change.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 04:21:47 PM PST

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