knowing that he’s a member of the “Freedom Caucus”
Congressmen are supposed to be concerned with the wellbeing of the people in the state to which they serve. But U.S. Representative Jim Jordan went out of his way to make uncaring comments on the report of Ohio’s highly inaccurate provider networks by Kaiser Health News and the New York Times, and how Ohio’s inaccuracies are the worst in the country, and that the state insurance department does nothing to fix the problem. (New York Times, December 4, 2016, Insurers’ Flawed Lists Send Patients Scrambling)
80% inaccuracies and people can’t find doctors. But here’s what U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, from Lima, Ohio, has to say. in a January 9, 2017 interview by Patient Daily.com, Flawed ACA physicians’ lists are no surprise, Ohio congressman says
“It should surprise no one that the Ohio Department of Insurance’s physician directories are so flawed, considering how flawed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is.”
“It’s sadly no surprise that the doctors’ lists were flawed as well,” Rep. James “Jim” Jordan (R-OH) said during a Patient Daily email interview. “Health care will be better and more affordable when Obamacare is gone.”
The Ohio Department of Insurance does not have physician directories, the insurance companies do, so Congressman Jim Jordan doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Yet he feels compelled to blame the ACA for it. The ACA has nothing whatsoever to do with the phony provider network directories of the health insurance companies that sell plans through the Marketplace.
U.S. Representative Jim Jordan’s ignorance notwithstanding, honestly, how can a U.S. Representative go on record saying that the 80% inaccuracies are not surprising? Has he no sense of right and wrong? Has he no empathy for his constituents and neighboring citizens of Ohio? 80% is a devastating percentage of a provider network to be found inaccurate. It happens to be the worse percentage of any survey yet reported from any state in the United States. Ohioans are hurting, and Rep. Jim Jordan is not helping!
Provider network directories are regulated by the state of Ohio and have existed long before Obamacare. Most other states have accurate physician directories that people who are looking to buy insurance can use to properly assess the health insurance networks and find doctors who are accepting new patients like the list says. Many states have strict laws concerning the accuracy of their lists, and if the lists say they are accepting new patients, they are accepting new patients, and not just 20% of the list, as I have proven in Toledo. Ohio does not have strict provider network directory laws and what little regulation the insurance companies have, is regulated by the Ohio Department of of Insurance, which is just like being regulated by the insurance company itself.
The New York Times, December 4, 2016. Also published on Kaiser Health News.