Skip to comments.Bill O'Reilly: What’s health care without doctors?
Posted on 03/21/2010 8:20:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
If Obamacare becomes law, about 30 percent of the primary-care doctors in America will consider leaving the medical profession.
That bit of brightness comes from a survey by The Medicus Firm, the results of which were posted by The New England Journal of Medicine. Medicus interviewed more than a thousand American physicians, and 55 percent of them believe the quality of medical care in America will decline if the Democrats pass the current health-care reform proposals. Apparently, many of them want no part of it.
Although the media largely ignored the Medicus study, the story is huge. Perhaps as many as 30 million more Americans may have access to health insurance. The question is: Who will treat them?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22 percent increase in practicing physicians over the next decade. But that will not be enough to treat the universal health-care crush, especially if a bunch of doctors now on the job pack it in.
There are essentially two reasons why Obamacare nauseates some doctors. First, control. Medical people simply do not want federal pinheads telling them how to treat their patients. The medical profession attracts intelligent, assertive people who are motivated to help others. This is not a docile crowd.
Second, money. Right now, many doctors are already seeing too many patients in order to pay the bills and provide a decent living for their families. Obamacare does nothing to bring down the outrageous expense of medical malpractice insurance, and it is likely to cut Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.
Doctors can do the math. Their expenses remain high; their incomes decline. Again, these are smart people who could make good money doing something else.
In Canada and Great Britain, where socialized medicine is practiced, it is difficult to actually see a doctor in some places. Instead, nurses, physician assistants and other medical personnel fill the need. That is what could happen in the United States if the feds begin calling the health-care shots.
Not since the Iraq war has America been so divided on an issue. Yes, ideology is playing a part. Conservatives despise government intrusion in the marketplace, but liberals love it. Right now, however, most polls show that the majority has turned on Obamacare. The latest Wall Street Journal poll, for example, found 48 percent opposing and just 36 percent supporting.
Heres my question: What would Marcus Welby, M.D., and Dr. Kildare say? These guys usually had the answers, back when wise doctors were the subjects of TV programs and health care seemed to be a glamorous profession.
Would Ben Casey support Obamacare? We know the M*A*S*H guys would. Dr. Jekyll might like it, but Mr. Hyde? I dont know.
What I do know is that many Americans are sick of the whole health-care thing. And no prescription on earth will change that.
Thank you for posting, 2ndDivisionVet.
Anyone want to estimate how many show up at the ER this week for their “free” healthcare?
Seriously, I fully expect most of the left to believe that’s what this vote is/was.
Starve the Monkeys. Find your own private internal Galt’s Gulch. Stop being a host for the parasites.
You guys missed the memo on this.
40,000 Doctors from India are being brought in. Special handouts in the legislation for minority teaching med schools.
Doctors will be similar to Russia — paid about $40-60,000 and if you want real care you’ll (a) pay cash or (b) fly to nearby islands and nations that’ll set up top shelf medical care for Americans with $$$.
I’ve thought the same thing. How many people will go into work tomorrow and tell human resources to cancel their insurance “Because now I got’s obamacare!”
Everyone will be getting V.A. type care.
I see a new bureaucracy: racial quotas for free ride scholarships for med schools!
New scholarships for inner city kids that just can’t get over the racism that keeps them out of college will now get ObamaGrants to go to med school.
And Doctor Bussing! Bussing existing doctors from wherever they are to where they need to go to reach “equity”, as defined by Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee!
Fits in with the RATs plan to eliminate the elderly, disabled, incurable, and the list goes on. Sound familiar with another dictatorship in history?
The best thing any doctor can do for the country is QUIT.
I urge ALL people working in health care to QUIT. You can come back after Obamacare collapses.
Urge YOUR doctor and all other medical personnel to QUIT.
Not to mention that med schools will now admit students who made a “D-” in both semesters of Organic Chemistry!
It was in the bill.
HEALTH PROFESSIONS TRAINING FOR DIVERSITY
$90,000,000 for fiscal year 2010.
$97,000,000 for fiscal year 2011.
$100,000,000 for fiscal year 2012
. . and so on, ending with $140,000,000 for fiscal year 2019.
Obamacare specifically says that if the federal bureaucrats tell a doctor to do something, and he does it, and it’s a disaster, the federal government is off the hook and the DOCTOR is liable.
BOR is such a moron.
Dr. Jekyll was good; Mr. Hyde was evil.
Reminds me of the Countess in “The Women”: “Oh, the Jekyll and Hyde!!!—Which was which?”
Hey, what’s the matter? Don’t you want your prostate examined by some inner city illiterate?
Obama will just invite more third world doctors to screw the system even more
RE: “Anyone want to estimate how many show up at the ER this week for their free healthcare?
Seriously, I fully expect most of the left to believe thats what this vote is/was.”
The welfare monkeys have ALREADY been getting free healthcare at the ER — what’s left of the ERs, that is. I predict things will get worse for them, not better.