Issa: Obamacare Will Send Patients to Cheaper Doctors

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 03:51 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Obamacare will cause insurance companies to send patients to "less expensive doctors" with "more limited scopes," Rep. Darrell Issa said Thursday, following a hearing with healthcare professionals on Capitol Hill.

"They gave us literal examples of decisions made by these insurance companies, in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, that are causing them to choose less expensive doctors and more limited scopes," the California Republican told Fox News' "America's News HQ" Thursday.

High quality medical institutions are not included in plans insurance companies are offering through Obamacare because they cost more, Issa explained. And, he said the reason the high quality hospitals cost more was because they were already "taking the sickest among us."

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Healthcare professionals presented testimony Thursday to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about how Obamacare was affecting the way they practice medicine. Issa chairs the committee.

Issa said he thought the administration of president Barack Obama knew there would be problems and uncertainty associated with implementing the healthcare law. He suggested the administration viewed the problems as "collateral damage they could live with."

Congress would try to "unring the bell" on conditions causing people to lose their existing plans, Issa said. He indicated Democrats in Congress might join with Republicans in legislation to amend Obamacare.

"We do begin to see a crack in our Democratic colleagues to, at least, consider reforming some of the mistakes made in the Affordable Care Act," Issa said.

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