Remember when Rahm Emanuel said this:
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
And what do you do when there is no crisis – you create one.
Legislators and bureaucrats have but two tools, legislation and regulation. As such, they use these tools to try to “fix” society and mold it in a manner in which they deem best according to their ideological bias. The problem is that for every law and regulation passed, there is a ripple effect that most times creates yet another problem to be “solved”.
Obamacare is no exception to this rule. As we have shown, creating a demand for something without a supply in a fixed price scenario creates shortages, and in this case, it is going to be doctors, or so says the New York Times:
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.
So how long do you think that it will take until one of these happens?
- Government will start offering taxpayer funded, free education to medical students in the form of outright grants or interest free loans – of course these will go to favored groups first – white males need not apply.
- Government will take over the malpractice insurance sector to reduce cost, putting the taxpayer on the hook for every malpractice claim.
- Government will mandate less rigorous licensure or even a shorter curriculum for doctor education – or rely more on “non-doctor” or “near-doctor” resources to generate more “supply” faster.
- Health and Human Services will declare a national state of emergency and seek to force all doctors to work for the government so that they can better allocate resources.
To all the doctors out there who voted for Obama and support O-Care: we bid you to enjoy your new government jobs. You can forget the summer house, the boat and the condo in Aspen – you are about to become a number, just another cost component in a massive socialist government program. Remember this date: March 23, 2010 – that is the day your career and your private practice were nationalized.