The Health Care Spectator
A curious feature of recent U.S. health care reform efforts — easily overlooked amidst the daily media grind of canceled plans, crashing websites and new restrictions — is the irrational belief that we can extend more health care to more Americans while rendering a career as a family physician increasingly unappealing.
Government has grown increasingly entangled in healthcare markets, complicating the working lives of physicians and, in many cases, threatening their bottom line. The result, according to a Deloitte Survey of U.S. Physicians: a growing number of doctors are convinced that “many physicians will retire earlier than planned in the next one to three years.”
In one month, Obamacare’s “fumbled” rollout has undone the Democrats’ fiscal fight gains. For the White House, things have been even worse. These sudden reversals of fortune are unlike anything seen arising from US policy in some time, and they may be a long time away, from being reversed.
Polling numbers show the shockingly swift change that has overtaken Washington’s political landscape. Using Rasmussen polling data, and looking at three dates from this fall — October 1, the start of the government shutdown; October 17, the reopening of the federal government; and November 17, a month after the government’s reopening — the picture of rapid reversal appears.
Earlier this year I wrote a column about the perception that Democrats truly care about people while Republicans are unfeeling slugs who are content to see others starve while they happily count their money. Putting this idea over on the public is something the left does very, very well; or I should say, has done well in the past. It seems that recently they are having a little perception problem of their own: namely, the idea that when it comes to healthcare, they are careless indeed.
I was of the number of conservatives who wished the Affordable Care Act to be delayed as long as possible, while others, including my husband, counseled that the best remedy for Obamacare would be Obamacare itself; that once the biggest takeover of private industry in our nation’s history began to crawl out of its shell, its weight, complexity and downright unworkability would become apparent to all. And boy, were they right. The ACA has been a worse disaster than even the GOP had predicted.