Gee, That Was Fast: Obamacare-Induced Doctor Shortage


We don’t even get our really expensive free health care for at least four years, and already the inevitable rationing is being discussed. I’m starting to think Obamacare isn’t going to be as “rainbows, gumdrops & unicorns” as the Dems promised.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The new federal health-care law has raised the stakes for hospitals and schools already scrambling to train more doctors.

Experts warn there won’t be enough doctors to treat the millions of people newly insured under the law. At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
A shortage of primary-care and other physicians could mean more-limited access to health care and longer wait times for patients.

So the good news is that everybody will have health care in a few years. The bad news is that we’ll die in line waiting for it — having already been taxed to the hilt to pay for a freebie we might never live long enough to receive.

Another troubling issue is the notion of medical schools in a hurry to push through new doctors, but if we never or rarely get to see him or her, I guess it doesn’t really matter.

Speaking of doctors, just wait and see how many people will line up to spend a small fortune and many years of their lives in medical school training for a career that will end up paying about as much as the average city bus driver earns.

If there’s anything that’s satisfying thing about the Obamacare bill, it’s that lawmakers who supported it might have inadvertently screwed themselves out of their previous sweetheart health care deal. This prompted even the New York Times to ask the question: “If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?”

There are two possible answers: “No,” or, “they didn’t care.” Most likely a little of both.

Government Health Care Nirvana Update: A mom in need of a bone marrow transplant was dropped from her insurance coverage. Damn those private insurance com… what? Oh, it was the government insurance program that dropped her? That never happens, does it?

As a reminder, here’s the percentage of claims denied of evil private insurers vs. Medicare, the government program. Enjoy Obamacare:


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