How would that change the premise the average consumer isn't competent enough to make such decisions on their own?And what's so dishonest about your post? Why, it's how you claim this has something to do with the exchange and ACA when the underlying story shows that it's a problem for people who are not buying insurance through the exchange
It highlights the fundamental issue with the exchange: that the average consumer doesn't have the ability to make a competent decision here, especially once aca style legislation starts shaping policiesBechta wasn't buying insurance through the exchange.
Yes, before implementation of ACA style legislation, the savings were not worth the hassle in Mass either. But once such took effect, guess what was worth the change ...Massachusetts is in the vanguard with these plans," says Alwyn Cassil at the Center for Studying Health System Change. Cassil says large employers have not been willing to try this type of coverage in other states because the savings aren't worth the change. And Massachusetts is unusual, says Cassil "because of the (insurers) ability to include hospitals." In many states, hospitals can demand to be placed in the top tier of an insurance plan as a contract condition, but not in Massachusetts.
On Monday, the AP reported that, as part of its health reform efforts, the federal government would require states to establish online shopping services that would ostensibly make it easier for consumers to research and purchase health insurance.AP reported: “The new marketplaces are supposed to work like an Amazon.com for health insurance, providing consumers with one-stop shopping for competitively priced coverage.”...
...The AP story brought to mind a piece I have been waiting to comment on—a fine story by WBUR’s Martha Bebinger that reporters ought to use as a model when looking for interesting ways to report on a not-so-interesting subject....
....Dr. Bechta’s experience shows the difficulty of “choosing the best.”