As if finding out that 7 million + people will become UNINSURED – that is, they will LOSE their insurance – under the Obamacare regime, we now are finding out that there won’t be enough doctors to treat sick patients. You know, all of those NEW insured folks. Such is the case in California.
And now, “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?"
Hernandez's proposed changes, which would dramatically shake up the medical establishment in California, have set off a turf war with physicians that could contribute to the success or failure of the federal Affordable Care Act in California.
Doctors say giving non-physicians more authority and autonomy could jeopardize patient safety. It could also drive up costs, because those workers, who have less medical education and training, tend to order more tests and prescribe more antibiotics, they said.
In other words, people are losing their doctors, our costs are going up, patient safety is going down, and Obamacare is one gigantic ball of SUCK. Which is totally weird, considering that Dear Leader promised me, well, the opposite:
Looks like the joke’s on you, all you rule-following, law-abiding, taxpaying SUCKERS, you. Get ready to bend over and enjoy your sucky, sub-par, unsustainable socialized medicine, everyone.
Ah yes. TRANSPARENCY.