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Obamacare: If you like your medications you might not be able to keep them

December 9, 2013

 As if losing your healthcare coverage and your doctor wasn’t bad enough you may also lose your medications as a direct result of Obamacare according to this story:

Now it’s possible that under Obamacare, some people won’t be able to keep their medications, or at least not afford them, under the complex formulary structure of the plans on the health exchanges and because of the rising costs.

“If you like your medicines, you may not be able to keep them under Obamacare,” health policy analyst Scott Gottlieb wrote in a Forbes column. “Health plans are cheapening their drug formularies – just like they cheapened their networks of doctors. That’s how their paying for the benefits that President Obama promised, everything from free contraception to a leveling of premiums between older (and typically costlier) beneficiaries, and younger consumers.”

The affordability of prescriptions could hinge on whether a consumer is enrolled in a platinum, gold, silver or bronze plan.

In some cases, to be covered at all, the drug will have to be included in the plan – similar to how doctors must be part of a network covered by insurance, he wrote.

“The out of pocket caps on consumer spending only apply to costs incurred on drugs that are included on a plan’s drug formulary,” Gottlieb wrote. “This is the list of medicines that the health plans have agreed to provide some coverage for.”

If the drug isn’t on this formulary list, then the patient could be responsible for its full cost (with little or no co-insurance to help offset that cost),” he continued. “Moreover, the money they spend won’t count against their deductibles or out of pocket limits ($12,700 for a family, $6,350 for an individual).”

    So, if you have lost your healthcare coverage due to Obamacare and you are forced to purchase a new (more expensive) plan not only might you lose your doctor but you might also lose your medications unless you can afford to pay for them yourself or can afford one of the more expensive plans.

  If you cannot afford one of the better plans it is likely you will be forced to purchase all of your medications yourself and Obamacare was supposed to make healthcare more affordable?

  The hits just keep on coming…..

29 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2013 9:21 pm

    Reblogged this on


  2. MaddMedic permalink
    December 9, 2013 9:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word….


  3. December 9, 2013 10:12 pm

    Charley Brow would be able to destroy the Deoncratic Party with the Obamacare club. Will the Republicans?


  4. December 9, 2013 10:33 pm

    I freaked when I tweeted this out from Networked blogs. I had just written a similar post with almost the same title, but scheduled it to run tomorrow at 7AM. I was going through my posts, making sure I scheduled it correctly. In the end, it just shows that great minds think alike!


  5. cmblake6 permalink
    December 10, 2013 1:21 am

    Reblogged this on Cmblake6's Weblog and commented:
    This may explain why, the blood pressure medication I’ve been on for YEARS needs a “prior authorization” for my pharmacy to refill? MGMMPOS cumstain filth.


    • December 10, 2013 6:28 am

      Thanks you for the reblog. That is interesting about your meds, it sounds like you got Obamacared!


  6. December 10, 2013 10:12 am

    Reblogged this on BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! and commented:
    Just when we thought it could not get any worse. Forget the expensive cancer drugs. The death panel will decide who and what drugs will be available. Yesterday’s post has a link to how the death panel will decide who lives who dies. One criteria is by lottery. Is that how we want our lives to end?


  7. December 10, 2013 10:13 am

    Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.


  8. December 10, 2013 10:59 am

    Calling Obamacare the Affordable Care Act is an insult and a lie. There is nothing affordable about it That lying traitor should call it the Unaffordable Care Act. The whole setup is a joke perpetrated by a clown.


    • lou222 permalink
      December 10, 2013 2:53 pm

      Peter, we need to remember the “PP” at the beginning of ACA…remember Patient Protection? Where has that protection gone? I guess things are evolving and it is NOT for the better. You mentioned the insulin in your next post, my Mom had to use it as well and things were not cheap even with her secondary insurance along with the Medicare part of it.


      • December 10, 2013 8:24 pm

        Yeah, it doesn’t seem as if there is any protection built into this law, does it? A fraud on every count was perpetrated on the American people and now we are all going to pay the price–literally and figuratively.


    • December 10, 2013 8:22 pm

      There is nothing affordable about this, but sadly this is no joke for it was done on purpose.


  9. Petermc3 permalink
    December 10, 2013 11:54 am

    FYI- Glucose test strips for diabetics were reduced from 1000 strips for a 90 day supply to 400 strips for a 90 day supply. Although tight control requires testing at a minimum every two hours some bean counter decided testing every four hours will ensure poor control. This is pre-Obalama so get ready for what’s coming down the pike.


    • December 10, 2013 8:25 pm

      It is only going to get worse from here and remember that mammograms are now being delayed by ten years, this is all part of the healthcare rationing we tried to warn people about.


  10. Petermc3 permalink
    December 10, 2013 12:12 pm

    Why insurance is needed to pay for pharmaceuticals: 1968- Lllly brand of Insulin .99 per bottle, Squibb brand of Insulin-$2.00 for three bottles. Today insulin +- $100.00 per bottle. Great strides have been made by pharmaceutical companies and reinvestment to R&D through consumer dollars is necessary and a great thing but I am willing to bet the farm that government rules, regs and just basic interference in the lab and the marketplace has contributed to such dramatic increases. And I’m sure this is only one of many such stories and many more to follow, Uhm Uhm Uhm.


    • December 10, 2013 8:26 pm

      This is only the beginning, this is as good as it gets, it is all downhill from here.


  11. December 10, 2013 7:59 pm

    With Obamacare you can’t really seem to “keep” anything. It is even hard to keep up with the lies we were told about it.


  12. Chris permalink
    December 11, 2013 2:28 am

    There could be a positive side to this if everyone stopped and thought for a while. Part of the reason we are unhealthy and want instant pain relief is because we over drug ourselves. If this caused the Insurance companies to lose their grip on big pharma we might see more competition. Somehow our ancestors survived without medical insurance. Quit the bitching and lets find an alternative solution.

    For ex. Yearly salary of GP 200,000
    200 patients served = yearly cost of $1,000 = $95 per month cost
    This would make more sense then an insurance plan


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