The promises of ObamaCare were always too ridiculous to even think about believing (that is, of course, unless one had become infected with the ObamaZombie virus). The idea that we could add millions of Americans onto the government dole and yet the price to taxpayers would go down was flatly absurd. The idea that Congress could enact such sweeping legislation without increasing taxes on Americans was just as crazy, and the Supreme Court has certainly lifted the veil on that lie.
But perhaps the nuttiest deception of all was that such a move towards more government control of the healthcare industry was somehow going to improve the healthcare industry. I simply ask the question, “When have you ever seen that happen?” Seriously? When has the increased involvement of the bureaucratic state ever made a more efficient or effective product or industry?
Did it help the mortgage industry? How about the field of education? Even those who say, “The government saved the automotive industry” should think more critically. Before accepting the bailout money they were desperate to receive, those private companies demanded what? An agreement that the company could get out from under the thumb of government control once its debt had been paid off.
Outside of our country, look at the example we see in Europe. Do you realize that there used to be a thriving French computer industry? They were on the cutting edge of computer technology. Then the government got involved. Have you seen the state of the French computer field? Yowzaa. Think Atari, circa 1980.
So why would we ever believe that the increased involvement of Barack Obama’s government is going to improve our medical and health fields? The system that is the envy of the world is going to get an increased dose of big government. That won’t end well. And it’s not just right-wing radio hosts that feel that way. The men and women who make our health industry the best the world has ever seen do as well:
Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.
The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.
Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The new health care law increases demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.
By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told The Daily Caller.
There are undoubtedly a host of reasons why this is the case, and to be fair, part of it could be unsubstantiated hysteria that has been created about the law. But even if that explains some of the 83% who have considered leaving the profession, there’s obviously other reasons as well. What could they be?
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Perhaps these doctors see that increased government involvement in the insurance field all but guarantees decreased reimbursement payments for their services. Doctors already have a perfect case study of poor government reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. Typically, a doctor provides a service and then negotiates with the insurance company for the reimbursement for their expenses. If the insurance company does not negotiate fairly in the doctor’s eyes, the doctor begins to refuse their business. That hurts the insurance company, so there is a dual interest that keeps them honest. But with government, there is nothing a doctor can do many times, short of refusing Medicare patients. That will not be a possibility for all the newly insured patients from the government exchanges under ObamaCare. Consequently, doctors know exactly what is coming: they are going to get stiffed on many bills. When you couple that with the incredibly high cost of doing business (medical malpractice as but one example) that is only going to increase, the incentive to be a doctor quickly disappears.
There’s one other element to this story that can’t be missed. This is a survey of active doctors. As anyone who has been entrenched in the same profession for years knows, it’s tough to leave what you have become accustomed to, good at, and comfortable in. Therefore, it’s unlikely that there will be a mass exodus from the medical field of these current doctors, unless it gets real bad, real fast. The bigger story may be what this will do to those who are considering medical school. If 83% of current doctors would consider leaving because of what’s coming, it’s not tough to assume that some of the best and brightest potential doctors are having serious second thoughts about setting out down this path. It’s much easier to change course before you’ve started.
This is where we’re headed thanks to Obama’s intrusion on “behalf of uninsured Americans.” Isn’t it funny that every time government intervenes on our behalf as the people, we always end up getting screwed?