“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep him”

Nope, sorry. Under Obamacare, there aren’t enough doctors to go around. California’s solution is simple: Redefine “doctor”.

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.

Progressivism: When all else fails, lower the standards.

In theory, I would be fine seeing a nurse practitioner for a sinus infection or the flu… in theory. In practice, this is heading toward the worst kind of strip mall, mega blowout, super value, medical quackery. The bottom line is that, as we said all along, Obamacare is going to increase costs, ration doctor care and reduce quality.

It was obvious from the start. The iron clad laws of economics cannot be circumvented by political alchemy. The real world doesn’t work that way. This will be to medicine what a 7-11 microwave burrito is to fine dining.

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13 Responses to “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep him”

  1. Roy Ryder says:

    The human cost of this is that PAs, while well trained for most common ailments, will miss the symptoms of unusual and potentially deadly ailments with a greater frequency than GPs or doctors, deferring indentification and treatment and increasing mortality rates. This is just another example of Obama and liberals driving us further and further backward.

  2. Ray Davies says:

    RD, while you’re in the strip mall you can sign up for your 2 years un enploymant, food stamps, section 8 housing.obama phone, free gas,free utilities, free birth control, and your daughter wife and girlfriend can all get a free abortion. Just be sure never to mention anything about God or Guns.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Don’t worry, Obama will soon fill the doctor shortage with affirmative action graduates who are unemployed with at least a 2 year degree in Black History, Poly Sci, or LGBT Studies. In the meantime, just visit your local DMV if you have health issues.

  3. Locke n Load says:

    What makes these brainiacs think PAs are going to want to work with Medicaid any more than th escaping Drs?

  4. sortahwitte says:

    Well, enough non-doctors treating people and that pesky social security drain will disappear. Also, the overcrowding at hospitals and resthomes will become a non issue. If a young person wants to get into a wide open profession, try crematorium operator.

  5. Bman says:

    Well, I know 2 doctors right off the top of my head that could help out.

  6. notamobster says:

    I offer free breast exams. I wonder if I could charge for my services… I’m not a doctor, but apparently, I don’t need to be.