Monday, January 9, 2012

Obamacare - #3554 - Why the Doctor Won't See You - Townhall (2) Doctors Going Broke - CNN Money (3) Labor Unions Primary Recipients of Obamacare Waivers - Daily Caller (4) 2011 Medication Shortgages Set New Record at 267 - Yahoo Finance (5) Obamacare Abominations - John Stossel - Townhall

Are you having difficulty finding a doctor who will see you? If you are, brace yourself. Things are about to get a whole lot worse.  Right now, the biggest problems are in Massachusetts. If you live in Boston and are trying to see a new family doctor, get prepared to wait more than two months before you ever get a foot in the door. For the state as a whole, the average wait to see a new family doctor is one month. More than half of all family doctors and more than half of all internists are not accepting new patients at all.  What if you live in another state? Just wait two more years. In Massachusetts people are lined up waiting to see doctors because of the health reform championed by the former governor (RomneyCare). And as Barack Obama has said on more than one occasion, RomneyCare is the model for ObamaCare.  Why? In both the Massachusetts health plan and the new health care law the mistake is the same: insuring the uninsured, but doing nothing to enable the medical community to deliver more care. Massachusetts succeeded in cutting the number of uninsured in half — a worthy accomplishment. But the state did nothing to expand the number of doctors, nurses or paramedical personnel. The result: a major increase in the demand for care, but no change in supply.  Read more.......

Doctors Going Broke - CNN Money - Doctors in America are harboring an embarrassing secret: Many of them are going broke.  This quiet reality, which is spreading nationwide, is claiming a wide range of casualties, including family physicians, cardiologists and oncologistsIndustry watchers say the trend is worrisome. Half of all doctors in the nation operate a private practice. So if a cash crunch forces the death of an independent practice, it robs a community of a vital health care resource.  A lot of independent practices are starting to see serious financial issues," said Marc Lion, CEO of Lion & Company CPAs, LLC, which advises independent doctor practices about their finances.  Read more.......

Labor Unions Primary Recipients of Obamacare Waivers - Daily Caller - Labor unions continued to receive the overwhelming majority of waivers from the president’s health care reform law since the Obama administration tightened application rules last summer.  Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011.  By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers.  Read more........

2011 Medications Shortages Set New Record at 267 - Yahoo Finance - The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade.  Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.S. last year than in 2010, when there were 211. By contrast, there were only 58 drug shortages reported in 2004.  As the drug shortages worsen, so does their impact on patient care, particularly in hospitals.  Read more.......

Obamacare Abominations - John Stossel - Townhall - President Obama says his health care "reform" will be good for business.  Business has learned the truth.  Three successful businessmen explained to me how Obamacare is a reason that unemployment stays high. Its length and complexity make businessmen wary of expanding.  Mike Whalen, CEO of Heart of America Group, which runs hotels and restaurants, said that when he asked his company's health insurance experts to summarize the impact of Obamacare, "the three of them kind of looked at each other and said, 'We've gone to seminar after seminar, and, Mike, we can't tell you.' I think that just kind of sums up the uncertainty." Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy, added that Obamacare makes it impossible to achieve even basic certainty about future personnel costs:  Read more.......

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