A little preview of what ObamaRobertsCare has in store for us:
The number of Texas doctors willing to accept government-funded health insurance plans for the poor and the elderly is dropping dramatically amid complaints about low pay and red tape, according to a survey by the Texas Medical Association.
Only 31 percent of Texas doctors said they were accepting new patients who rely on Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled, in the survey provided to The Associated Press on Sunday. In 2010, the last time the survey was taken, 42 percent of doctors accepted new Medicaid patients. In 2000, that number was 67 percent. …
Doctors complain that the Texas Medicaid program pays only half of the actual cost of most services, leaving them to absorb the losses.
No amount of authoritarian idiocy from Washington can alter the laws of economics.
“Every business has a breaking point, and physicians’ practices are no different,” said Dr. Michael Speer, president of the Texas Medical Association.
It’s not just the money:
“All the bureaucratic red tape and administrative burdens only serve to increase the cost of running a practice while diverting a physician’s attention away from patient care,” Speer said. “What’s lost in the health care debate is the simple fact that patients need a doctor when they get sick. And physicians want to take care of patients and not push endless reams of paper around our desk.”
The red tape generated by zillions of pages of ObamaCare-driven regulation will choke healthcare to a halt. The socialist governmedia will of course blame greedy doctors and insurance companies. Further federal power grabs will follow, inflicting still more regulation, until Obama or whoever the Democrats cough up next announces that the private sector has failed to provide healthcare and the entire industry must be nationalized outright, with all doctors becoming employees of the government. By then we’ll be crossing the border to get our healthcare in Mexico.
On a tip from Jimbo.