Saturday, October 2, 2010

Health Care Bill HR3590 - #2215 -Study: Obama Care Will Make Doctor Shortage 50% Worse by 2015 - Hot Air

More good news on what we found out about ObamaCare after its passage comes from two different sources today. First, a new study by the Association of American Medical Colleges and reported by Reuters shows that the bill will have a big impact on an expected shortage of physicians over the next few years — by amplifying it: The U.S. healthcare reform law will worsen a shortage of physicians as millions of newly insured patients seek care, the Association of American Medical Colleges said on Thursday. The group’s Center for Workforce Studies released new estimates that showed shortages would be 50 percent worse in 2015 than forecast. “While previous projections showed a baseline shortage of 39,600 doctors in 2015, current estimates bring that number closer to 63,000, with a javascript:void(0)worsening of shortages through 2025,” the group said in a statement. Read more.....  Another gift from Pelosi and Reid and the Democrats in the House and Senate, including Perriello, Webb and Warner.  Thanks.

House Republicans Plot Budget Strategy to Scuttle Obama's Health Overall - Bloomberg - A push by Republicans to scuttle the U.S. health overhaul by denying funding through the House’s constitutional control over appropriations is gaining momentum. Representative Todd Tiahrt of Kansas, the senior Republican on the House Appropriations subcommittee, said the “defunding” strategy “is a very serious idea” that’s gaining support among party members emboldened by the response of constituents in their home areas, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its Oct. 4 issue. “There is definitely going to be a run at it,” he said in a telephone interview.  Republicans may also use legislation unrelated to the health law as a vehicle to change the statute, Murray said. Congress must act almost every year to avert scheduled cuts in Medicare’s physician fees, because doctors threaten to drop out of the program. Temporary legislation to postpone a 21.2 percent cut in doctors’ pay expires on Nov. 30.  Read more.......  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

Finding Out What's in Obama Care: McDonald's Needs Waiver for Health Care Coverage for Hourly Workers - Hot Air - No good deed goes unpunished. McDonald’s takes a lot of heat for the nutritive value of its menu, usually from self-assigned food nannies, but the company did try to find ways to improve the health of its part-time staff by offering them a low-cost health insurance plan that was affordable and effective. That effort will have to end, thanks to ObamaCare, which mandates that certain percentages of revenue have to go to claims rather than administrative costs. That will leave tens of thousands with no option for coverage except expensive comprehensive plans they can neither afford nor really need: McDonald’s Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul. Read more.....

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