Skip to comments.Thanks, Obamacare: Doctor Shortages, Jobs Destroyed, Coverage Dropped
Posted on 07/30/2012 5:44:11 PM PDT by Kaslin
The Supreme Court's decision last month to uphold the Obamacare mandate tax did not vindicate the propriety or efficacy of the law itself, a point Chief Justice Roberts explicitly stated in his ruling. "It is not [The Court's] job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” he wrote. As we learn more about Obamacare's practical consequences, the urgent need for repeal becomes increasingly apparent. Consider the following news items from the past week alone:
(1) "Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen with Health Law":
The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000. Health experts, including many who support the law, say there is little that the government or the medical profession will be able to do to close the gap by 2014, when the law begins extending coverage to about 30 million Americans. It typically takes a decade to train a doctor.
“We have a shortage of every kind of doctor, except for plastic surgeons and dermatologists,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, the dean of the new medical school at the University of California, Riverside, founded in part to address the region’s doctor shortage. “We’ll have a 5,000-physician shortage in 10 years, no matter what anybody does.” Experts describe a doctor shortage as an “invisible problem.” Patients still get care, but the process is often slow and difficult. In Riverside, it has left residents driving long distances to doctors, languishing on waiting lists, overusing emergency rooms and even forgoing care. “It results in delayed care and higher levels of acuity,” said Dustin Corcoran, the chief executive of the California Medical Association, which represents 35,000 physicians. People “access the health care system through the emergency department, rather than establishing a relationship with a primary care physician who might keep them from getting sicker.”
The article goes on to mention the draining pool of doctors who are accepting new Medicaid patients, which will throw up another obstacle to care for indigent Americans -- especially after the entitlement program undergoes a massive, Obamacare-mandated expansion. As opponents of the law repeatedly warned, access to health coverage does not equal access to health care. In Canada and other countries with socialized medicine, everyone is "covered," but doctors are scarce, innovation is curtailed and treatment is limited. This can lead to long waiting periods, government rationing, perverse doctor lotteries and denied care. Furthermore, Democrats chose to exclude meaningful tort reform from their 2,700 page bill, further hanging physicians out to dry. This is why older doctors are quickly shuffling towards retirement, and many promising young students eschew medical school in favor of other careers. Obamacare takes our demographic struggles on this front and makes them even more acute, much sooner.
(2) "One in 10 Employers Plans to Drop Health Benefits, Study Finds:"
About one in 10 employers plans to end workers' health insurance as the new healthcare law takes effect, according to a new study. The finding could bolster opponents of the law, who argue that its changes to the healthcare system will force workers out of insurance plans they like. Supporters of the law say most people will keep their current coverage. Surveying 560 U.S. companies, consulting firm Deloitte found that 9 percent of employers are planning to drop employee health benefits within three years. Eighty-one percent said they would continue covering employees, and 10 percent said they were not sure.
Is your employer among the 19 percent that are either planning to drop coverage, or are still considering it? Let's also recall the president's verbatim promise during the healthcare debate: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
(3) "CBO - Obamacare to Cost $1.93 Trillion, Leave 30 Million Uninsured:"
The latest CBO scoring of Obamacare, in the wake of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision upholding the overhaul's individual mandate as an allowable (although seemingly unprecedented) tax on inactivity, shows that President Obama's centerpiece legislation would cost about $2 trillion over its real first decade (2014 through 2023). The CBO also says that — despite its colossal cost and its unprecedented expansion of power and control over Americans' lives — Obamacare would, as of a decade from now, leave 30 million people uninsured. At the time of Obamacare's passage, Democrats touted the fact that the CBO had then said that the gross cost of Obamacare's insurance coverage provisions would be "only" $938 billion.
Moreover, the CBO and/or the Medicare chief actuary have previously said that Obamacare would raise health insurance premiums, would raise overall U.S. health costs, would raise taxes on Americans and on American businesses, and would siphon something approaching $1 trillion (from 2014 through 2023) out of Medicare. In the process (according to the Medicare chief actuary), Obamacare would reduce reimbursement rates for Medicare providers to the point where they'd be lower even than the notoriously low reimbursement rates paid to Medicaid providers — therefore jeopardizing seniors' access to care. Oh, and Obamacare would also establish the unelected and largely unaccountable 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to institute further Medicare cuts.
(4) "Surprise: Obamacare Medical Device Tax Killing Jobs in the Industry:"
“None of this was allocated three years ago when we created a strategic plan to become profitable,” CEO Mike Minogue told the House Committee on Small Business last week. Minogue testified the amount Abiomed will pay for the excise tax is the equivalent of 15 percent of the company’s research and development budget, 10 percent of its employee head count, or almost double what it spends on health care for hundreds of employees. “This tax will affect jobs. It will mix health care reform with tax policy and it will be extra detrimental to companies that are not yet profitable and need every dollar to survive,” he said. Minogue also cited logistical concerns. The exact regulation, still not finalized, goes into effect Jan. 1 2013, and Abiomed’s books have to be closed and audited by March. According to the medical-device industry’s national association, the field employs more than 400,000 Americans, and 70 percent of medical device companies are small businesses.
This is merely one small component of a larger picture, which led the CBO to conclude that Obamacare will cost the US economy 800,000 jobs. The latest NYT/CBS poll shows public approval of Obamacare underwater by a 36/50 margin. Rasmussen's new numbers reflect an enduring majority in favor of legislative repeal. The vast majority of national Democrats continue to support the even-less-popular Obamacare mandate tax, in lockstep with the president. The only way to rid the country of this costly governmental intrusion and its related repercussions is to defeat those who back the law and replace them with public servants who do not.
Boy, I have to say it is hard not to despise Judge Roberts!
I took my brother to the VA clinic in Orlando today to meet with a surgeon, close to 100 miles each way. The surgeon said the data from the echo type test made no sense and ordered a new test, so we’ll have to go back for the new test, and then return once again for the evaluation, and then still again for surgery. I can hardly wait for full blown socialized medicine.
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I am told that many Doctors now are becoming Concierge doctors.
Chraging a cash fee to join their organisations and accepting cash for their services.
My family includes a physician, nurse and drug rep. Doctors are going to either concierge service or they are selling their practices to hospitals.
The Doctor in my family says his practice’s collection rate is about 40%. His practice is in the process of being sold out to a local hospital. When the hospital takes over, the collection rate will be 100% because they won’t write off the large amounts that the private practice wrote off.
Oh yeah, obamacare is gonna bend the cost curve downward.
He is helping people.
People like the handicapped who will have to pay the Obmacare tax on their wheelchair, and people who go to hospitals and are charged 3.8% tax on their hospital bill.Every piece of hospital equipment subject to tax.
in ‘94, we busted our tails to get a Republican majority in the House only to see them squander their opportunities. In 2000, we sweated bullets to get ‘Pubbies in control of all three branches of government, only to see them waster their opportunities (didn’t want to make the Dems made at’em, doncha know!).
We worked hard to defeat Kerry the Clown in ‘04 and keep Bush 43 in the WH so that he could nominate Roberts and Alito to the SCOTUS. Roberts isn’t the first “committed conservative” to stab us in the back, just the most recent.
We are way overdue for re-taking our government . . . . . . or, at the very least, dividing America into 2 parts - 1 for the conservatives and 1 for the ignorant. America cannot survive anymore “leaders” (and I use that term VERY loosely!!) stabbing her in the back. Even if we manage to get Romney (shudder) elected to the WH; even if we manage to take both houses of Congress; the damage done by leftists and RINOs is so massive, it cannot be undone at the ballot box. The people we have elected in the past have rigged the game so that past transgressions cannot be corrected with one election. WE are the fools if we believe otherwise.
We have more than just a choice of WH occupant in November. We have the future of America AND the world before us.
Some IE Hospitals are forcing older higher paid nurses into retirement. Probably going to replace them with cheaper younger nurses from abroad.
Don't you understand, that by taxing medical devices, the "affordable care act" will bring down the cost? That's how it works... When you tax sales, it brings the cost down. That's "Demo-Math!"
Just came across this great Allen West speech in 2009. His critique of healthcare is fantastic:
Let’s hope he’s the VP choice!
I was living in Germany for sixteen years (leaving in 2009). I came to notice that they had a serious doctor shortage around 2005 (there were a bunch of German doctors who packed up and left because of poor pay situations)....so around 2006/2007....they brought in foreign doctors (Turkey, Russia, Greece, etc).
Germans started to notice the trend. Older Germans refused to see anyone but plain old German doctors. Younger Germans didn’t care. I’d make a guess that one out of every seven doctors in Germany today....were non-German to start with.
My humble guess is that by 2020...one out of every twelve American doctors....will be a foreign doctor.....and we will grow to accept it because there is no other choice.