Pulling Out

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This blog entry isn’t as lascivious as it sounds….or is it?  Aetna has decided not to enter the health insurance exchange market in NY.   They feel they don’t have the proper protection against lower rates forced and thrusted upon them by the state.  This is the fifth market it is has pulled out early in the past few weeks.  This is not good for the Affordable Care Act.    And it is not good for me.  I now will be among those people buying my own health insurance and, though I don’t live in NY, I hope there are appropriate and affordable options coming in Oct to Virginia.  I won’t be the only one.  In NY, where only about 17,000 currently buy their own insurance, it is expected to rise to over a million in three years.   If these big insurers keep walking from the plans then it could mean the path to single-payer is on its way.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Pulling Out

  1. Private doc
    August 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    That was the goal all along. No other reason to have the penalty less than the cost of insuring the employees.

    Physicians are the enemy of this administration and this entire plan and the goal is single payer.

    This shouldn’t shock anybody that was paying attention.

    • Pat
      August 31, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Amen. All we can hope for us a massive doctors’ union, with all the fun strikes and entitled laziness.

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