Just as predicted. Good luck finding a doctor if you live in the Golden State, and use Covered California:
Over 214,000 doctors won't participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It's also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In January, an estimated 70% of California's physicians were not participating in Covered California plans.
The reasons are pretty simple: reimbursements are down, and docs can't take on a heavier patient load. Doctors are also required to take on sicker patients, who might not have the ability to pay at all (with high deductible plans).
Recipe for disaster, just as people who understand business have been saying since Day One.