No, the Affordable Care Act will not affect doctors

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  • Edmunds Tucker St George, UT
    July 31, 2017 6:54 a.m.

    ''Medical schools could turn out more graduates, but hesitate to do so when there are too few residency positions available to accept them.'' That conclusion conflicts with the Flexner report about 1910-12, which called for closing medical schools and restricting seats. So the AMA refused accreditation and half of the medical schools sclosed, including all the women schools, and all but 3 black medical schools. So today America has fewer medical schools now than a century ago (when the population of America was half of what it is today). Utah graduated about 800 MDs a decade, but Utah graduated 3000 lawyers. It is a poor excuse to wait for Congress to pay for the residencies to give hospitals free slave labor by the thousands and tens of thousands. Who is paying for the lawyers? Medical schools don't graduate more, because the AMA won't permit it. Utah should drop the AMA accreditation (foreign medical schools get along fine without it, and send tens thousand graduates a year to the US anyway).

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 19, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    Romneycare, the blueprint for Obamacare, is very popular in MA.

    "Republican juniors in the Senate and House are not working on repealing RomneyCare like similar freshman Republicans in Washington seem so hellbent on killing Obama’s plan. The conservative Boston Herald says it is worth supporting. There is no rancor, or backlash.

    When he signed the law in 2006, Romney wrote in a statement, “Today, we spend approximately $1 billion on the medical cost for the uninsured. It is fair to ask all residents to purchase health insurance or have the means to pay for their own care. This personal responsibility principle means that individuals should not expect society to pay for their medical costs if they forego affordable health insurance options.”
    (Forbes 1/20/12)

    That said, MA needs to continue work on controlling medical costs. Obamacare has some cost control measures unlike Romneycare which didn't address costs.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    May 19, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    This whole story is fine in a make-believe world but this is not where we live. The biggest thing still missing is where is the money to do this coming from? The government should pay for more residency to ensure more doctors but who has the money? This is all about spending someone else's money and we don't have enough to go around.