Doctors and health policy analysts have been screaming the same three-part message since 2009: 1) ObamaCare hurts (not protects) patients; 2) is impossibly expensive (not affordable); and 3) expanding health insurance will not expand care, quite the opposite.
Apparently, lawmakers in California now recognize ObamaCare for what it is: a shell game with no pea. State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the California Health Committee recently exclaimed, “What good is it if they [people] are going to have a health insurance card but no access to doctors?”
There was a doctor shortage before ObamaCare but the President’s signature bill and grand theft will exacerbate the shortage. It is a “grand theft” because to pay for his >$1 trillion expansion of bureaucracy, Obama will take money from patient care services: $716 billion from Medicare. As Robert Moffit, PhD (Heritage Foundation) testified before Congress, “You cannot get more of something [viz., doctor care] by paying less for it.”
To solve this ObamaCare-created problem – more insured patients and even fewer doctors – California will make things worse. It plans to allow less, probably inadequately qualified individuals to practice medicine. To cope with the ObamaCare-induced lack of access to care, California (and other States) must increase medical risks to patients.
It will also escalate financial “risk.” Costs will go up, not down. Less qualified and certainly less experienced care providers will order more tests, prescribe unnecessary medications or procedures, and make more mistakes.
ObamaCare: puts patients at risk; is not affordable; and reduces care. Might the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148, ObamaCare) be the most disingenuously titled Law of all time?
Deane Waldman, MD MBA, gave up practicing clinical medicine after the 2012 election saying, “I cannot practice ethical medicine under ObamaCare.” He is the author of “Uproot US Healthcare” and “Not Right! – Conversations with We The Patients” (May 2013) and remains Adjunct Scholar for the Rio Grande Foundation in New Mexico.