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Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 6:00 a.m. MDT

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Hayden, ID

Don't blame me, I voted for Mitt Romney! I absolutely knew this was going to happen and its only going to get worse!

Kearns, UT

Regulations, ambulance chasing lawyers, Obama Care.... I don't know why anyone would want to sacrifice 12 to 16 years of their lives to be doctors. My hats off to them.

Get rid of burdensom regulations as well as tort reform to corral the ambulance chasers and things might change.

Pleasant Grove, UT

Stop worrying. Barack Obama said, if you like your doctor, you can keep him.

salt lake city, utah

So it's been brewing for years, long before Obamacare. A set of cardiology tests I had last year cost over $20,000, and doctors who are over the age of 55 now are expected to retire early by retiring in the next 10 to 15 years. Sorry sir this just doesn't add up. Just another ideological hack piece.

Mitt Rommney would have done what..continue to pay medicare reimbursments at their current rates, while saving the system from bankruptcy? Again it didn't add up and a majority of the nation knew it.

Hayden, ID

@ Pragmatistferlife. Mitt Romney would have repealed Obamacare and not transferred $750 billion out of Medicare to waste on Obamacare! Imagine that!

Puyallup, WA

Right, Nate, but you can't keep him if he retires!!

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

I fear for the coming health care debacle! Knowing what is going on with health exchanges in one of the eastern states the corruption in trying to implement it is terrible, contract are being awarded to relatives who have no experience in the subject of the contract awarded to them. And the Dr's who spent 15 + years of their lives becoming expert in saving lives are being written off as if they never completed kindergarden.

Do we have kings and princes ruling over us? Why won't congress and the white house sign on and participate in the same health care system they put in place for us? We should demand that they must participate and just maybe they will get rid of it!

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Rationing? Deathe panels?

BO SAID they would not happen, but when there is not enough supply, rationing in some form or another has to occur.

it may have been brewing, but it never boiled over until BO and the dems rammed Obamacare down our throats through back-room negotiations, bribery, and skullduggery.. And the majority of the nation did not reject Romney's business acumen - polls showed more trusted him with the economy than they did BO; they just bought into BO's class warfare and lies.

DN Subscriber 2

@ pragmatistferlife- Why the hatred for doctors "retiring early" at ages 65-70? They are not slaves to be chained to a medicare cubicle for life, and age 65-70 is pretty much the high side of retirement age nowadays.

This piece hits at one (of many) core weaknesses of Obamacare. It does nothing to increase the availability of medical care, but only meddles with the cost side using the failed notions of price controls or the unhealthy prescription of "bureaucrats know better than doctors," and as a last resort will implement the accurately named "death panels" to ration the dwindling amount of care to chosen beneficiaries.

Obamacare fails to tackle the obscene abuses of the tort industry (who make more and retire earlier than doctors), or to increase the number of health care providers with incentives for more people to undertake the arduous challenge of becoming physicians, or increase the number of medical or nursing schools. Or, allowing free market competition where people can choose the insurance they desire (different for a healthy 20 year old single male than a 50 year old mother of 6).

Obamacare will be the death of us all.

Iowa City, IA

Liberals are victims of ideology and not students of reality. Because of that articles like this one are appearing all over the country.

Magaret Thatcher was right, the problem with socialism (and that's exactly what Obama believes and is motivated by i.e. gun control, healthcare control, share the wealth, higher taxes, bank control)is that eventually you run out of others peoples money.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

What would you expect from a bill that had zero doctors involved in its writing? There are two doctors in the US Senate and eighteen in the House. All Republican. No Republican was permitted to see the bill before the Senate voted on it. The House was not permitted to change one iota in the bill.

This was all about politics and had nothing to do with Health Care.

Obama Care also banned every conservative solution to our nations health care problems. They don't want real, market based solutions. You can't impose socialized medicine on the American people unless there is a problem so you can't allow any real solutions.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

So this is what passes for journalism these days? More like something we would expect from a high school debate – full of non-sequiturs and hysteria.

First – the Medicare reimbursement scare is a red herring. A quick look at the prevalence of thriving hospitals and clinics in Florida exposes this claim for what it is.

Second – what does this statement have to do with anything (other than to show that Medical Schools, licensed by the AMA, have had a stranglehold on the supply of doctors for decades and now it is biting us in the backside)?

"One out of three practicing physicians in the United States is over the age of 55, and many of them are expected to retire in the next 10 or 15 years.”

Doctors want to start enjoying their golden years somewhere between 65-70? And in other news, scientists suggest that the Earth is spherical in shape.

One fact simply torpedoes the entire premise of this article – doctors in the U.S. have higher incomes than their international peers, which is why doctors from other countries continue to try and emigrate in droves.

Moab, UT

No problem, we can always follow Europes lead and import our Doctors and nurses from India and the Philipines.

American Fork, UT

Is it just me, or are the doctors retiring because they're of retirement age?

UT Brit
London, England


"No problem, we can always follow Europes lead and import our Doctors and nurses from India and the Philipines."

Ha, what do you mean follow their lead? You do it already!!!

salt lake city, utah

Mountainman..that's exactly the point..Rommney would have done nothing to prevent the rising costs of medicare, and it's not pulling out 700billion..that's a Fox new analysis, it's 700 billion in savings, most of which has little to do with doctors.

DN subscriber..why the hatred for doctors retiring early..are you kidding..Hutterite said it best..65 to 70 is not retiring early, their simply going to retire when they are suppose to.

Lost in DC it didn't boil over until Obamacare..that's the best one yet. Where have you been for the past 40 years. Let me use my old tired example. My yougest daughter cost us $400 when she was born. The child she had last year cost $10,000 with no complications..and that's Obamacars fault?

Mcallen, TX

In Obama's first four years, --thirteen thousand new regulations were added---USA Today

Hmm? Regulations are like speed bumps on a highway, and just slows things down. You see it in education, medicine, travel, starting businesses, gun ownership, banking, medicare,etc.

What kind of transformation is our country experiencing?

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe we should increase doctors salaries and create the worlds most expensive system so they could have two country club memberships. Or we could bring down costs and lower the deficit.

Sandy, UT

From the article title:
"As Affordable Care Act kicks in, doctors face early retirement, bankruptcy"

The author makes a thinly veiled attempt to tie ACA to the retirement and bankruptcy figures of doctors. In doing so, all the regular right wingers jump on board to tout how correct they were, and that this article proves it.

However, the title, and the article are both fabrications by the author. Anyone who bothers to actually read the survey results would see that.

In fact, the first point made in the executive summary on page one of the report states:
"The performance of the U.S. health care system is suboptimal, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a good start to addressing issues of access and cost." The survey numbers posted later in the report reinforce this.

Leave it to DN to publish an article claiming the exact opposite of the actual events, and leave it to the normal crowd of lemmings to follow the story over the edge without bothering to actually read it.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Great news. Maybe market forces will actually correct this industry long-insulated from real market forces.

There will be pain in the correction, but if in the end prices come down and maybe insurance companies stop shielding providers and consumers from the actual cost of care then everyone will benefit.

Unfortunately, I don't see that happening as a side effect of with a government program, it will only add another layer of inefficiency and cost. But I predict that one day doctors will provide care to patients and patients will pay for the care. That will lead to competition and lower prices. One Day.

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