As Poor Richard’s News has already reported, there will undoubtedly be a doctor shortage under Obamacare as 83% of doctors have considered quitting. But as those on the right have known for quite some time just how awful this law is, the law’s biggest cheerleaders, the media, are just figuring it out.
From the New York Times:
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - In the Inland Empire, an economically depressed region in Southern California, President Obama’s health care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. But coverage will not necessarily translate into care: Local health experts doubt there will be enough doctors to meet the area’s needs. There are not enough now.
Other places around the country, including the Mississippi Delta, Detroit and suburban Phoenix, face similar problems. 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."
It’s not surprising that the author (who appears to be a fan of obamacare) has a hard time admitting what a disaster obamacare will be. But she is honest about the negative aspects of obamacare as they relate to the doctor shortage. I do find it funny that she keeps reiterating that, while obamacare will make the doctor shortage worse, there’s really nothing anyone can do to alleviate the problem. She’s dead wrong about this. There are all sorts of things we could do to get the brightest and best to want to become doctors again. We could start by repealing Obamacare, we could eliminate virtually all federal regulations on doctors and insurance companies, we could get the federal government out of the insurance business, we could pass tort reform, eliminating frivolous lawsuits and exorbitant settlements and we could allow insurance companies to compete with one another across state lines. As with every other problem the United States faces, the government IS the problem. And they can’t possibly be the solution to the problem as well as the problem.