“What do you want to be when you grow up, Johnny?” “Oh, I want to be a doctor!” “Where do you want to practice?” “In Beverly Hills!” “Johnny, take a number.”
FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid and medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.
So, um, the AMA and all these doctors who silently accepted their fate while ACA was being pushed four years ago will now join the Democrats seeking re-election who claim they didn’t know it was going to be this way.
Force doctors to treat medicaid patients? Force people to do something? Why, that is unconstitutional, or something.
How about forcing people to buy an insurance product?
Doctors are not licensed by the federal government. They are licensed by the states.
The federal government cannot dictate to an entity that is licensed by a state, which doesn’t engage in Interstate Commerce, what it must do.
Oh….wait. The federal government somehow mysteriously dictated to insurance companies, which are licensed to operate in individual states, what they must include in their policies. How could they do that? How could state licensing boards bow to the dictates of the federal government, since the policies were specially prepared for residents of “x” or “y” state and were approved by those states’ insurance regulators? I.E., if you can’t carry your policy with you from Florida to North Carolina, how can it be regulated by the Federal Government?
And yet, when ACA was being debated, Republicans kept arguing that insurance policies should be nationally universal; that people should be able to shop across state lines, which would have been the perfect segue for the Interstate Commerce justification for the Affordable Care Act, and for the Feds to say 90-year-old women MUST be covered for maternity.
Oh….wait. The feds did that anyway. So the Republicans sort of got what they wanted, didn’t they?
Whole bunch of doctors better say goodbye to the life to which they have been accustomed.
Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions.