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Archive for April 13th, 2010

Healthcare Reformed: Now Comes a Shortage of Doctors

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 13, 2010

President Obama and the Democrats spent a year getting their healthcare reform bill through Congress.  Since its passage the Progressives are on to other ways to fundamentally change America.  However, the healthcare challenges that this country faced before the bill past, i.e. the high cost of healthcare, have not been addressed.  In fact it is likely that the healthcare reform bill will increase the total cost of healthcare in the Unites States.

One obvious reason for the coming increased healthcare cost is human nature.  Give people low cost access to healthcare, subsidized by the government, and they will use more of it.  No rocket science here.  In addition government programs always grow over time, adding additional benefits to buy votes.

There is another more insidious reason that the cost of healthcare will increase as a result of the reform bill: doctor shortages.  With the signing of a bill, President Obama promised to give millions of additional Americans access to low-cost or free medical services.  This market manipulation creates unintended consequences.  For example, the Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday titled: “Medical Schools Can’t Keep Up”. A link to the article is included below.  It concludes:

  • Experts warn there won’t be enough doctors to treat the millions of people newly insured under the law. At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
  • A shortage of primary-care and other physicians could mean more-limited access to health care and longer wait times for patients.
  • There are about 110,000 resident positions in the U.S., according to the AAMC. Teaching hospitals rely heavily on Medicare funding to pay for these slots.  In 1997, Congress imposed a cap on funding for medical residencies, which hospitals say has increasingly hurt their ability to expand the number of positions.

Progressives from both political parties continually ignore the laws of supply and demand at the peril of the overall goods of the country.  This convenient omission enables politicians to come up with seemingly noble ideas without having to take responsibilities for their failures.

As the WSJ concluded:  A shortage of primary-care and other physicians could mean more-limited access to health care and longer wait times for patients. This will fit in quite well with the Progressives desire to redistribute wealth and services.

Medical Schools Can’t keep Up – WSJ


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White House Science Czar Tells Students We Can’t Win

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 13, 2010

John P. Holdren, President Obama’s Science Czar, made defeatist comments to some of the country’s top science students.  At the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Holdren said:

  • We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely.”
  • Probably the most appropriate responses to this degree of levelization (sic) of the playing field is to cooperate, to exchange more.  We have all kinds of programs already in which U.S. graduate students and post-docs go to China and Chinese graduate students come here—direct exchanges, university to university.”

Incredibly, Holdren’s comments were made at AAAS relating to the Obama Administration’s plans for advancing science and technology issues.  Some pep talk!  Tell the team they can’t win and use that as a motivational speech.

As a Progressive, we should not be surprised by Holdren’s seemingly inconsistent comments to our science students.  Progressives continually tell their “subjects” how inferior they are.  This then gives the Progressives the excuse for coming to their rescue; i.e. grabbing power.

Whether the issues are the soft sciences like economics or even hard science such as climate matters, Progressives place their social-political views above real science.  In Holdren’s 1973 book “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions,” he shares what’s really quiding his htoughts:

A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States.”  “De-development means bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation.  Resources and energy must be diverted from frivolous and wasteful uses of overdeveloped countries to filling the genuine needs of underdeveloped countries.”

Holdren is another radical (socialist?) that Barrack Obama has surrounded himself with in the White House.  The fact that he is radical and in a position of power is troubling enough.  But to involve a person with such views in our science is unconscionable.

Holdren’s comments are a far cry from President Obama’s “Yes We Can” campaign theme.  All we hear from Washington since then is “no we can’t”.  Boy were we duped!

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