Baby Boomers should be rooting with all their might for the repeal of Obamacare, since it’s going to be Medicaid for everyone if the widely despised law is allowed to become entrenched. Medicaid was designed for the poor and provides reimbursement rates so low that many doctors have come to shun Medicaid patients. They are going to start shunning Medicare patients as well, since an implicit goal of the Affordable Care Act is to squeeze physician and hospital payments down to Medicaid levels. As this change takes place, the healthcare system in general will increasingly resemble its Medicaid poor cousin, with the following consequences:
Doctors will become increasingly choosy about whom they accept as patients. Concierge care will divide the patient population into haves and have-nots. We’ll all wait much longer to see a specialist. Certain procedures, such as hip and knee replacements and bypass surgeries, will become drastically rationed. New doctors will be in critically short supply, since medicine as practiced under ruthlessly intrusive Government control has already stopped attracting the best and brightest students. Why would they want to spend half their lives training for a job, and going hundreds of thousands of dollars into hock, just to work for The Government? Hospitals, on the other hand, are loving Obamacare, since it has turned their emergency rooms into profit centers where every patient that comes in the door is guaranteed to have a ‘sponsor.’ A predictable result is that emergency rooms, particularly in urban hospital, will become increasingly crowded and crazy.
This post was published at Rick Ackerman BY RICK ACKERMAN ON JANUARY 26, 2015.