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Obamacare: California faces a doctor shortage because of the healthcare mandate

February 11, 2013

According to this article California will shortly be facing a doctor shortage as a result of the healthcare mandate.

We’re going to be mandating that every single person in this state have insurance,” said state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate Health Committee and leader of the effort to expand professional boundaries. “What good is it if they are going to have a health insurance card but no access to doctors?

  (How many of these people are illegal aliens?) Because of this shortage California is beginning to debate the idea of allowing people who are not physicians to begin providing healthcare. Opponents of this proposal claim it will only serve to drive up costs and reduce the quality of healthcare:

Doctors say giving non-physicians more authority and autonomy could jeopardize patient safety. It could also drive up costs, because those workers, who have less medical education and training, tend to order more tests and prescribe more antibiotics, they said.

  I can only see one other way to cope with this problem and that would be letting the government decide who gets what treatment–rationing–and that option is not all that appealing, is it?

  Welcome to the world of Obamacare, isn’t it wonderful?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2013 8:31 pm

    That’s progress? Non-professional health care providers.? I guess anyone can hang the witch doctor sign and the benevolent government will pay for their services.

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  2. Phillip Cleary permalink
    February 11, 2013 9:05 pm

    We are entering the Soviet Zone. Soon the Government will mandate that certain amounts of students study medicine. Wait for the Five Year Plan, government will solve all the problems. That it made!

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    • February 12, 2013 8:42 pm

      Yep, it is only a matter of time before the government orders people to study medicine to make up for those who decide to opt for a different profession.

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  3. bunkerville permalink
    February 11, 2013 10:43 pm

    The little known secret is that for all of these nurse practioners and Physician Assistants, a Physcian has to stand behind them legally for their decisions. Thus watch the malpractice insurance premiums skyrocket for the Docs who are assigned to “back up” the decision of they provode.

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    • Earle Andrews permalink
      February 12, 2013 12:46 pm

      One of affirmative actions results .This will not work out well at all.

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    • February 12, 2013 8:43 pm

      That is interesting! I didn’t know that.

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  4. February 11, 2013 11:41 pm

    Also, more and more doctors are getting out of Medicare:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2012/08/20/how-obamacares-716-billion-in-cuts-will-drive-doctors-out-of-medicare/

    My mother tells me her doctor refuses to take on any new Medicare patients.

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    • February 12, 2013 8:44 pm

      I have read about this before, doctors simply cannot afford to take on new Medicare patients and this is all part of the plan.

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  5. February 12, 2013 12:27 am

    I don’t bother to use my insurance now. I can’t imagine it getting worse.

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  6. LD Jackson permalink
    February 12, 2013 9:15 pm

    Ah, the realities of Obamacare are raising their ugly heads. So much for making healthcare more affordable in America.

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    • February 12, 2013 9:18 pm

      Obamacare did nothing to address cost and that is quite ironic considering the official name is the Affordable care Act.

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      • LD Jackson permalink
        February 12, 2013 9:24 pm

        Funny how that hasn’t worked out so well. Methinks they knew what would happen from the beginning.

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      • February 13, 2013 6:25 am

        This was all part of the plan, in my opinion, to drive people into a single payer system.

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