Oh, THIS is just great news…
Conservatives across the nation screamed throughout 2009 and into 2010 that Obamacare would, necessarily, create doctor shortages. It has to: it’s not as if you are going to add 30 million more people into the mix and NOT see a shortage of folks to treat them. Of course, we were all told that we were crazy, and that we obviously hated immigrants, and that we wanted poor people to die, etc…
But these same folks who pushed so hard for Obamacare’s passage are now surprised and shocked, SHOCKED!, that we seem to be experiencing (drum roll, please) …a doctor shortage.
So they’ve come up with an even worse solution for the problem they created: they’ll just redefine what a doctor is:
SACRAMENTO, CA— As the state moves to expand healthcare coverage to millions of Californians under President Obama‘s healthcare law, it faces a major obstacle: There aren’t enough doctors to treat a crush of newly insured patients.
Some lawmakers want to fill the gap by “redefining” who can provide healthcare.
They are working on proposals that would allow physician assistants to treat more patients and nurse practitioners to set up independent practices. Pharmacists and optometrists could act as primary care providers, diagnosing and managing some chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and high-blood pressure.
“We’re going to be mandating that every single person in this state have insurance,” said state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate Health Committee and leader of the effort to expand professional boundaries. “What good is it if they are going to have a health insurance card but no access to doctors?”
See? Through the magic of Government, voilà, we miraculously have PLENTY of doctors!! All better now; go back to sleep…
Logically, it seems certain that we’ll see a furtherance of this trend, ’cause there are only so many pharmacists, optometrists, and nurse practitioners. Eventually they too will be overwhelmed, since they were already filling a need (it’s why they already had jobs…). Thus, we’ll almost certainly have to expand the definition a few more times down the road.
So if YOU have always wanted to be a doctor, this could be your Big Chance!! Whether you’re a cosmetologist, meteorologist, or even a cultural apologist, YOU could be a gen-u-ine “doctor”, courtesy of our government. Are you a grocer, a baker, or a candlestick maker? No problem: your medical certificate is waiting for you.
I can see the blurbs in my local ad circular now: “This week get a dozen eggs and an endoscopy – Only $59.99 (*must present coupon)”. Or “Come on in and get a radiator flush WITH your colon flush!”
Instead of Hope-N-Change, we got Bait-N-Switch.
Thanks again, Obama voters…