The Consequences of Obamacare … 83% of Doctors Have Considered Quitting over Obamacare


Kind of hard to get medical care under Obamacare if there are no doctors to get medical care from …

Remember when Barack Obama said that one of the pillars of Obamacare was that you can keep your own doctor? Hardly. With the passage of Obamacare, not only might you lose the present insurance you have and get put on the Medicaid which your doctor does not participate with, it is also possible that you doctor might just retire altogether.

As reported at the Daily Caller, the DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, have found that 83% of doctors have considered bailing from the medical industry in the wake of the SCOTUS ruling that Obamacare and the individual mandate is Constitutional as a tax. Making matters worse, Obamacare and the expansion of insurance coverage is going to create a doctor shortage because of the massive increase of demand.

The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.

Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The new health care law increases demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.

By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told The Daily Caller.

The myth of Obamacare, The DPMA found that many doctors do not believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will lead to better access to medical care for the majority of Americans. How will doctors make a living if the majority percentage of their patients have low paying Medicare and especially Medicaid insurance?

“Doctors clearly understand what Washington does not — that a piece of paper that says you are ‘covered’ by insurance or ‘enrolled’ in Medicare or Medicaid does not translate to actual medical care when doctors can’t afford to see patients at the lowball payments, and patients have to jump through government and insurance company bureaucratic hoops,” she said.

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “The Consequences of Obamacare … 83% of Doctors Have Considered Quitting over Obamacare”

    1. Zachriel on July 10th, 2012 7:45 am

      The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients


      surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide.

      They “obtained fax numbers” of doctors, which is problematic, and not likely to provide a representative sample.

      Nevertheless, it will be bounced around the right-wing blogosphere.
      SM: Sorry, I am in the healthcare world and this is the same that I am hearing and seeing as well. When a business model is built on the concept of 70% commercial insurance, 25% medicare/other fed plans and 5% Medicaid it is impossible to run a business with 40% commercial, 25% medicare and 35% Medicaid. Most of the drs I have dealt with abandoned state Medicaid long ago and took the patients on as pro-bono.

      Obamacare will destroy the healthcare system and that is what it was intended to do from the start to have a one govt solo payer.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on July 10th, 2012 10:55 am

      I personally know several doctors and each of them are weighing the effects of this legislation and trying to decide if they will retire or get out of the medical business. Most are leaning towards closing their medical practices.

    3. Rusty Bridges on July 10th, 2012 1:53 pm

      “considered quitting” really? They considered quitting until they realized McDonald manager still does not pay as good as being a doctor with obamacare?

    4. PublicEnemy2u on July 11th, 2012 8:29 am

      Don’t worry, India has plenty of doctors hoping for that “special work visa”

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    7. Sally on August 30th, 2012 12:49 am

      This survey is full of flaws. The biggest one is that didn’t actually ask the question they said they asked. http://mediamatters.orgy/blog/2012/07/10/comically-awful-survey-says-83-percent-of-docto/187029
      SM: Sorry Sally, a bias outlet like Media Matters has ZERO credibility. This a a LEFT wing org who’s sole job is to destroy the Right. Try again, go fish.

    8. Michell on October 7th, 2012 6:34 pm

      Whoever wants to say this is false is wrong. I am a hairdresser and this is what the doctors are telling me that are sitting in my chair.

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