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Obamacare – Two Major Issues Ignored By Obama & Congress

As Obama prepares to address Congress in an effort to kick-start his Health Care plan, you can be sure he will not provide any specifics of his plan.  He will talk in broad terms about how we need to reform health care, (Government takeover) and make health care affordable to the 47 million uninsured (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/06/the-real-uninsured/) who do not have health care benefits, all without anything specific or without addressing two of the major issues facing health care today. 

You will not hear him say anything about addressing the costs of malpractice insurance premiums or how they plan to increase the number of physicians.  These are the two major issues that need to be addressed.  Any health care reform bill that does not address malpractice insurance premiums and efforts to increase the number of quality doctors in the U.S. will be no more than $1.3 trillion Government goat rope.

Malpractice insurance costs for doctors are outrageous.  According to Dr. Michael Lynch of New Hampshire,”Specialty physicians have experienced a 50 percent increase in premiums from five years ago. The average premium is now close to $100,000 for obstetricians and neurosurgeons” (The Monitor, 2008).  http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080313/OPINION/803130304

In New York, according to Michael Virtanen, “Physicians in specialties like neurosurgery and obstetrics can pay $200,000 a year for malpractice coverage…” (Virtanen, 2009)  http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2009/08/12/102938.htm

The costs of being a physician in a specialty field, such OB/GYN doctors where premiums are the highest, are causing a decrease of graduate from medical schools. “Because of these high premiums, especially on young doctors just starting out in practice, many states are reporting growing shortages of OB/GYN doctors. In some states it has reached a crisis level” (Sheila Guilloton, 2009).   http://www.examiner.com/x-11804-Health-Care-Examiner~y2009m6d15-Do-medical-malpractice-suits-contribute-to-rising-health-insurance-costs

2006 population http://www.census.gov/popest/states/NST-ann-est2006.html

With the cost of malpractice insurance driving a decrease in doctors across the nation, you would think Obama and Snakes in Congress would be working aggressively to figure out how to address these issues.  So what is going to happen when we add another 47 million people to the already crowded hospitals, besides increasing our debt by about 1 trillion dollars?  

Let’s look at the numbers.   In 2006, the population was around 299 million and the number of Active Physicians was 800,586.  The ratio of patients to doctors then was 267.  This was based on Per 100,000 resident population in U.S. Census Bureau estimates as of July 1 (Census, 2009).  Now according to Brian Williams of MSNBC the average wait times across the nation for, “Hospitals in Arizona (4 hours, 57 minutes), Maryland (4 hours, 7 minutes), Utah (4 hours, 5 minutes), New York (3 hours, 58 minutes), and Florida (3 hours, 57 minutes) are among the worst, with wait times near or exceeding four hours” (Williams, 2006).  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15817906/ns/nightly_news_with_brian_williams/

As of today, we have 307, 396, 731 people living in America (Census, 2009) http://www.census.gov/ 

If the Obama administrations plan to provide health care to every American, we will need to have about 1,151,299 Active Physicians just to maintain the same ratio of 2006.  I doubt we are near that amount today and when I see that the US could face a Shortage of 44,000 primary care Physicians by 2025 (Science Daily, 2008), I have to wonder what Obama and his Snakes are thinking. To me, it sounds like more Lies and Distortions.

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