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OBAMA’S BROKEN PROMISE TO ADDRESS THE SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS

- July 29, 2012

PROMISE: In A 2009 Interview With ABC News’ Dr. Timothy Johnson, Obama Promised That ObamaCare Would Address The Country’s Shortage Of Doctors. OBAMA: “Yes, but keep in mind, that the status quo is we don't have enough primary care physicians. We've got no incentive to create more primary care physicians. And those people who don't have access to primary care physicians are going to the emergency room where we're giving them the most expensive care and all of us are subsidizing that to the tune of about 900… So with the new insurance -- keep in mind that we're going to be phasing this in. And what we want to do is to provide a powerful set of incentives for more and more young people who are interested in health care, interested in medicine, to go into primary care. Part of that may be adjusting the reimbursements, so that primary care physicians are getting a greater reimbursement and we're closing the gap between specialists and primary care physicians. Part of it may be how we finance medical education and saying to the young people who are going into medical school, ‘If you are committed to primary care, we are going to pay your way.’ And so, putting in a sizable chunk of money into making life better for primary care physicians, particularly those who are willing to serve in under-served areas, I think we can solve some of those problems. We're not going to solve all of them immediately overnight, and that's why I think we have to anticipate this program's not going to start up probably until 2013. That gives us four or five years to start developing programs to solve this problem.” (ABC’s “World News With Diane Sawyer,” 7/15/09)

BROKEN: New York Times Headline This Morning: “Doctor Shortage Likely To Worsen With Health Law.” (Annie Lowrey and Robert Pear, The New York Times, 7/28/12)

  • Estimates Have Shown That There Will Be A Shortage Of Nearly 63,000 Doctors In 2015, And Over 100,000 In 2025. “The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.” (Annie Lowrey and Robert Pear, “Doctor Shortage Likely To Worsen With Health Law,” The New York Times, 7/28/12)

ObamaCare’s Provisions Fall Way Short In Tackling The Doctor Shortage Problem. “The Obama administration has sought to ease the shortage. The health care law increases Medicaid’s primary care payment rates in 2013 and 2014. It also includes money to train new primary care doctors, reward them for working in underserved communities and strengthen community health centers. But the provisions within the law are expected to increase the number of primary care doctors by perhaps 3,000 in the coming decade. Communities around the country need about 45,000.” (Annie Lowrey and Robert Pear, “Doctor Shortage Likely To Worsen With Health Law,” The New York Times, 7/28/12)


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