There are plenty of reasons to oppose Obamacare (and its beta version, Romneycare) but this isn't one of them, IMO.
One of my longtime Docs called to let me know he was closing his practice, and going to work at a research facility. He told me that without all the overhead required for his office, he’d be “taking home” virtually the same amount of money, without all the responsibilities and worries. He’s also on the managing director’s board of a local hospital, and he’s really glad to be getting out of that. He says the politics are too dumb and infuriating, that he refuses to put up with it anymore!
They are doing what my doc is doing: going private.
They ask for a $1500 to $2000 annual retainer, limit patient load to 500-600. You pay cash, then file for reimbursement from your insurance carrier.
Fewer staff, fewer regs, no government.
Easily clear half a mill.
They won’t be making $250,000 per year. Not even the specialists. They may be lucky to make half that, and the profession will be dominated by GP’s and assistants who will wait on the vast numbers in the waiting rooms. All the doctors and their staffs will be controlled by government reimbursement formula’s and calculations. It’s gonna get ugly for them so they probably will drop out of it, at least the ones that have accumulated enough to be able to.