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.