Originally Posted by La literatura
Possibly. Here's what I'm thinking: Supply rushes in to meet the demand. Yeah, if there's no supply, then prices will go up. If there's no way we can take care of 300 million people, but only 270 million, then there will be a fight. But the United States doesn't have a short supply of human capital and medical brilliance.
Umm... what? America is absolutely short-staffed on doctors, and the attractiveness of getting into the medical profession is going to drop significantly as long as school is a gazillion dollars to afford and overall medical income is dropping like a rock. Doctors will have to work more hours to take care of more people and get reimbursed less. That's what happens when you create a medical system that incentivizes people to go to a doctor because their tummy hurts vs. when you have an actual emergency. They are going to have spend a GINORMOUS amount of cost to just comply with the insane government bureaucratic bullshit. They are going to continue to pay an ungodly amount of malpractice insurance. They are going to have to invest a shitload of their hard-earned money on new electronic records capability. And all the while, they are going to have to provide lesser quality care and be exposed to a lot more liability, because the government is telling them how to treat their patients.
Health care reform is absolutely needed. That means insurance reform. Pricing reform. Better electronic systems. And yes, something has to be done to demand non-insureds or illegal immigrants pick up health insurance. I don't like how they did it, but it has to be done. But reform could have been achieved without the ridiculous micromanagement of doctors. And it scares the shit out of me, because we decided that in order to reform health care, we are going to make our medical field a hell of a lot worse. I want my doctor taking care of me, not some government bureaucrat.