published Sunday, October 9th, 2011

ObamaCare and Tennessee

When you are not feeling well, even the normal wait time in your doctor's office can be unpleasant.

But get ready to wait longer to see your doctor as the provisions of ObamaCare kick in between now and 2014.

A study by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee found that wait times to see a physician will rise under ObamaCare as the law pulls almost 700,000 Tennesseans into federally approved health insurance programs.

The trouble is, in the quest to cover more people, supporters of ObamaCare did not think about the fact that there are not nearly enough health care workers to provide all that new care efficiently.

Our nation is already facing a doctor shortage, which is going to worsen as millions of people across the country enter government care through ObamaCare. In Tennessee and elsewhere in the United States, there is no real plan in place to add enough health care providers to meet the need. So how are 700,000 more Tennesseans -- and 30 million people nationwide -- supposed to get treatment in doctor's offices under ObamaCare when the system is already under great stress as it is?

"Since the number of providers will not increase in the short run, there will be a strain on the system's ability to supply services," Dr. Steve Coulter, author of the study by BlueCross, told the Times Free Press. "That may mean, generally speaking, worse access to services for those who are currently insured."

The BlueCross study did not quantify just how much longer patients may have to wait when they go to a doctor's office. But take a look at Massachusetts, a state that enacted health care reforms in 2006 on which ObamaCare was later modeled.

A research firm looked at wait times in 15 cities around the country for new patients to see a family practitioner. The longest average wait was 63 days -- in Boston. That was nine times as long as it took a new patient to see a physician in Florida, which did not have an ObamaCare-style law like the one in Massachusetts. The study said long wait times in Boston were "driven in part" by Massachusetts' health care "reforms."

Worse still, Bloomberg News reported that "as many as half of doctors in [Massachusetts] have closed their practices to new patients, forcing many of the newly insured to turn to emergency rooms for care."

Is it helping the uninsured to give them costly "coverage" that may not really provide them access to primary-care doctors and may send them to the emergency room anyway?

Backers of ObamaCare made lots of promises before Democrats in Congress passed the law in 2010. They said it would be a boon to the country, and they vigorously downplayed any negative side effects.

But those side effects are looming large even before all of ObamaCare's provisions have kicked in. We are afraid our nation is going to have a bad case of buyer's remorse once the full harm of ObamaCare becomes obvious.

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I found, without too much trouble, this article.

From 2005. You'd have impressed me more if you brought up this issue without mentioning Obama, since it's clearly not a new problem.

October 9, 2011 at 12:45 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Canada, which spends 40% less than the US on health care, has provided our family of six with prompt excellent health care for nearly four years whether at the neighborhood clinic or at our own doctor's office. Specialist referrals have usually been within three weeks or less.

Even more impressive is the nearly wait-free experiance once at the doctor's office.

Every legal Canadian resident has a health care card and recieves the same level of care as their neighbor. Your access has nothing to do with your employment or pre-existing conditions...everyone is covered.

Canadians also live longer than Americans, but that may have more to do with lifestyle.

Not having to deal with health insurance companies is a stress reducing factor beyond measure.

The US simply lacks the public will to demand a better system.

October 9, 2011 at 2 a.m.
conservative said...

Those blessed with common sense know that when a good or sevice is provided "free" the demand will most often exceed the supply. The longer waits for that "free" care in Taxachusetts is an prime example of this economic principle. Doctors are actually seeing patients with similiar problems in groups in Taxachusetts. There you are discussing your personal private problems in front of strangers, or worse before that loudmouth neighbor. Oh, the cost of "free".

October 9, 2011 at 7:52 a.m.
Justreading said...

I hope every one of you clowns that voted for Obama is happy with what you are receiving. Everything has went up since he was in office, unemployment, national debt, and war spending. War was the very thing he vowed to end, now he has us tied up in another one. Congrats, libretards.

October 9, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Nucanuck, I hate to say it but you are wasting your time trying to reason with the pea-brained, stubborn, capitalist worshiping crowd here on this forum and throughout the country. You see the two posts that immediately followed yours? What you said didn't even register on their radar screen. You can present cold hard facts, you can wrap up the real thing in shiny wrapping paper and give it to them as a gift - it won't matter. They will still deny it exists or they will say it's evil socialism and they want nothing to do with it. It is this back-assward thinking from the far-rigt contingent of Americans that keeps our country in such a stranglehold and prevents us from doing the great things we used to be noted for as a nation. Thank you for sharing your real life, first hand exerience with a system that works and is fair, but, like I said, you're wasting your time with most of these closed-minded entities here who think and speak in some alien tongue that defies reason, common sense, and even cold hard facts.

October 9, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.

Don't you realize? If they resist enough then the facts will change.

The right-wing, they're strong believes in the power of stubbornness to alter the entire universe. I think it comes from denying Satan or some such, and the devil will have no power over them.

October 9, 2011 at 1:36 p.m.
conservative said...

I'm hopeful that this Obamination passed by the Demoncrat party will be overturned by the Supreme Court right before for next year's election. If not, America still has a strong backup when Republicans take full control of gov in those elections. Socialized medicine has been an abject failure in Canada and Great Briton. City has an informative article by David Gratzer titled : The Ugly Truth about Canadian Health Care.

October 9, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
nucanuck said...


Do you think the status quo anti would be acceptable for US health care? Criticize other systems all you want, but the objective is, or should be, to provide health care to all for the least amount of money.

Do you have any real thoughts about improving health care or do you confine yourself to negative criticism?

October 9, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
conservative said...

Lieberals like to praise the Canadian health care system. One can google "waiting list for Canadian health care" and read the horror stories, then decide if there is anything to praise. Sally Pipes, author of "The Truth About Obamacare" and "The Top Ten Myths Of American Health Care", own mother died from colon cancer when she was denied a colonoscopy in Canada.

October 9, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.

Looks like negative criticism, instead of offering any thoughts on improving healthcare, it's just attacking the Canadian Health system and the liberals who like it.

Of course, making the Canadian health care system out to be worse won't make the US health care system any better.

October 9, 2011 at 6:35 p.m.
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