What’s being touted in the press as the single Obamacare “success story” is the dumping of hundreds of thousands of people into Medicaid, a process that forgoes the tricky signup maze of the Obamacare exchanges.
So these people now have health insurance. The question is, will they have doctors?
In a 2012 survey, a majority of physicians said they can no longer accept new Medicaid patients because of declining reimbursements.
Uh oh, here we go again. What the Ivy Tower intellects who brought us Obamacare failed to take into account is that, unlike them, ensconced in their government posts or think tank sinecures, doctors are in the private sector, seek to make money, and have employees and office space rent to pay.
So what’s the next step? Well, once the state take some power, and, you know, things aren’t working according to the five year plan, it simply appropriates more power to make it work. Bang that square peg into a round hole until dammit, everything fits.
Kevin Williamson, an excellent writer over at National Review, dropped by Fox News today to explain how this will happen: Force doctors take more Medicaid patients.
Doctors have licenses. They’re at the mercy of the states in which they practice, and this will be decided by the state legislatures.
Some state Democratic lawmakers are already talking about legislation telling physicians whom to see, Williamson adds.
But I doubt a state solution will be sufficient for the White House. I’m not sure how they will do it, but look for the administration to find ways to punish doctors who defy our leader by not taking a financial hit on Medicaid patients.
This is why Obamacare is so pernicious. By dipping government’s hand so aggressively into the private sector, it’s in position to start grabbing for all sorts of new opportunities to control our lives.