In another cynical move, UnitedHealthcare has dropped thousands of doctors from their Medicare Advantage program. Of course this has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act since Medicare Advantage isn’t part of the new system.
That didn’t stop Fox News Channel from blaming President Obama for not allowing people to keep their doctors. Yeah, I know. It makes no sense. But it’s Fox News and, yes, the derp gets worse. I give you Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of Fox & Friends (via Rawstory):
“[M]any of those people are women who are expecting babies and who may just have a real relationship with their physician and want to see the same doctor deliver possibly their second child,” Hasselbeck opined. “And they are now left in the dark in a time that they feeling quite vulnerable.”
Yes, all of those elderly pregnant women will lose their doctor! Thanks, Obama!
British irritant Stuart Varney added, “Most of them are elderly.” It’s unclear whether Varney was trying to correct Hasselbeck or if he was just stating that the people losing their doctors are elderly.
Either way, no, UnitedHealthcare’s decision had nothing to do with Obamacare, and, NO!, there aren’t any pregnant Medicare Advantage recipients.
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