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Is America Prepared for Black Market Healthcare?

The Affordable Care Act has people across the country demanding Town Hall meetings and begging Congress to defund the program. But what happens if Obamacare isn’t derailed? This government intrusion in healthcare has the potential to leave us with a shortage of doctors, and then what do we do?

It’s no surprise that earlier this year a CNN/ORC International poll found that 54% of Americans oppose the Obama’s healthcare mandate. Americans simply don’t want it and most doctors couldn’t agree more. In fact, a Doctor Patient Medical Association survey shows that 83% of doctors nationwide have considered leaving the medical field due to Obamacare legislation. 90% of those same doctors say that “the medical system is on the wrong track” with 65% blaming government involvement for the current problems.  And what’s more, but really not surprising: 70% think that “reducing government would be the single best fix.” You’d think that the government would want doctors on its side when it comes to healthcare reform, but the exact opposite seems to be happening now.

Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges notes the likelihood of a doctor shortage: “One of our primary concerns is that you’ve got an aging physician workforce and you have these new beneficiaries — these newly insured people — coming through the system. There will be strains and there will be physician shortages.” Under the Affordable Care Act, America is poised to face a lack of 90,000 doctors by 2020 and that estimate increases to 130,000 by 2025.

When America Needs More Doctors?

So what happens when America needs more doctors? We lower the standards. We make it easier for people to become doctors, reducing the academic and medical requirements. In other words, for example, we let people with the credentials and experiences of, say, nurses act as doctors. Now don’t get me wrong: many nurses are highly trained and highly skilled members of the medical community, and they often get the short end of the stick. But this does not mean that they are trained to or capable of doing a doctor’s job… And I don’t know about you, but I want a doctor when it comes to my medical needs.

If you don’t think that’s what it’ll come to, think again. It’s already happening. California is facing a physician shortage of sorts. According to Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, about half of California counties lack doctors who are trained to perform abortions. So Assemblywoman Toni Atkins has come up with a plan: lower the standards for performing an abortion.

That’s right, there’s a new bill in California that will land on the Governor’s desk soon enough, and it’d allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform abortions. The pro-life/pro-choice debate doesn’t need to be anywhere near this, either. Whether you approve or disapprove of abortions is irrelevant… They are medical procedures. And they should be performed by highly trained doctors. Senator Jim Nielsen stated, “Abortion is a serious medical procedure with vast complications, and I would argue that only the best-trained should conduct such an operation.” Do you want someone less qualified than a doctor performing your next operation? I didn’t think so.

Senator Jackson argues, “All women deserve access to care in their local communities.” She’s using a similar argument to push the California bill as President Obama uses to push Obamacare. Just this week he stated that “health security is not a privilege. It’s something everyone in a country this wealthy should have access to.”

Full implementation of the Affordable Care Act is looming. It’s like the rain cloud that follows the cartoon character around relentlessly. Unless Congress grows a spine and defunds it, it’s not going away. So brace yourself for the madness that’s about to be the American healthcare system… where all Americans have access to medical care, but not enough doctors to provide it.

In pursuit of the truth,

Johnnie-Ann Campbell