This is a perfect description of Paul Krugman’s methodology.
His opening sentences demonstrate the arrogance and pompous manner in which he
attacks the integrity of his opponents and hurls insults at them.
California's health insurance rates for some
companies with some physician networks for the new state-run marketplace (health
insurance exchange) did come in lower than expected.
However, there are certain downsides for many
consumers that Paul Krugman ignores.
There will be far fewer doctors and hospitals to
choose from in Covered California.
Covered California is California’s version of Obamacare’s health
Consumers who want UCLA Medical Center and its
doctors in their health plan network next year will have only one choice in
California's exchange. Anthem Blue Cross is the only carrier.
Additionally, Blue Shield of California said its
exchange customers will be restricted to 36% of its regular physician networks
These two insurers are decreasing physician reimbursement. Physicians and their networks are refusing to
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center , one of Southern California’s most
prestigious and expensive hospital systems and physician networks said it’s not
included in any exchange plans at the moment because physicians and the
hospital system will not accept the reduced reimbursement.
There is a problem with Paul Krugman’s statement because he
does not define the real cost of healthcare
to the state.
The California health insurance exchange (Covered
California) is trying to make consumers believe they are getting more for less.
The facts are, when you get in the
weeds, Californians are getting less for more.
The health insurance exchange must be analyzed within the context
of each individual patient. The insurance industry is excited about Obamacare
because they believe young patients will be forced into the marketplace.
“The rates submitted to Covered California for
the 2014 individual market,” the state said in a press release, “ranged from two
percent above to 29 percent below the 2013 average premium for small employer
plans in California’s most populous regions.”
This sentence led Paul Krugman’s triumphant
is a home run for consumers in every region of California,” exulted the head of
It will also drive
them out of the market for healthcare insurance. They will buy healthcare
insurance from the health insurance exchange only in case of an emergency or if
they develop a chronic illness.
This is exactly what
President Obama wants to happen. He wants to drive everyone into health
insurance exchanges and then stick the bill to the states.
The traditional media
represented by Paul Krugman is spinning the story and the American public isn’t
The problem is they aren’t
feeling the pain yet. When Americans start feeling the pain there will be an
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