Ed Morrissey discovers the shocking news that adding 30+ million to the number of insured Americans may exacerbate a national physician shortage – except, for Ed, the problem isn’t more people visiting doctors about, say, that odd mole that grows and changes color, or the cough or rash that doesn’t seem to go away… It’s something called “ObamaCare” or “the bill” that “will make doctor shortage 50% worse by 2015.”
Ed conjures up a reason for the anticipated shortage not mentioned in the report he cites, and he doesn’t seem to have much interest in what Repealican/Replacelican proposals might do to cover the gap between demand for and availability of care. This is the “let them drink tea” version of conservatism. The way to get rid of a “supply” shortfall: Deter and deny those who might like to see a doctor. It’s death panel by proxy.
The number of Americans will not suddenly go up.
The number of doctors will not suddenly go down.