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Government can’t adequately project the needs of entitlement programs

There’s bad news for beneficiaries of the Social Security disability payments: The Disability Insurance Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in 2016. At that point, income to the trust fund will cover just 80% of benefits.

The Disability Trustees are suggesting that lawmakers could reallocate a portion of the payroll tax from the Social Security retirement program to the disability program but Social Security is also running out of money.

The Social Security reserves will be exhausted in 2033 and will cover only 75% of the benefits using income from Social Security payments.

Trustees for the Medicare program said its hospital insurance fund would be exhausted in 2026, and Obamacare is taking $500B out of this program! Are we really handing our future healthcare funding to these same people?

The government can’t project the needs of their gigantic entitlement programs, which should be obvious.

Now , with millions becoming eligible for health insurance next year, the government can’t even guarantee that there will be an adequate supply of doctors or that those doctors will be properly distributed between rural and urban areas to provide adequate care.

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Doctors don’t necessarily go where need is greatest. Instead, studies have  shown, they cluster in affluent areas.

Really? Maybe the Obamacare IRS agents will force some of them to move to urban areas – why not, the government redistributes wealth – this is based on the same theory.

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“The shortage of primary-care doctors is of profound significance,” Gordon  Eggers, Crusader’s president and CEO, said in an email last week. “One of the  foundations of health care reform involves expanded and easier access to such  highly trained physicians.

But Obamacare does not provide additional highly trained physicians, let alone distribute them properly, while adding tens-of-millions to the medical pool, which will lead to rationing waiting for service.

Many doctors do not practice primary care, but are specialists. Obamacare may require doctors to be trained in primary care so his healthcare plan will be more viable.

The government could influence the choice of assignments to universities for doctors who have an affinity for rural communities as well as primary care.

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is doing its part  to bridge the gap of doctors needed in rural areas. Its Rural  Medical Education Program has graduated about 300 students in its 20-year  history.

Director Dr. Matthew Hunsaker said more than 70 percent of graduates still  practice in Illinois. The program’s focus is bringing students into primary-care  fields of family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics, which  Hunsaker called the “anchors” of rural communities.

Government’s can’t implement programs like Obamacare on such a large scale without control and restrictions on the freedom of choice of both the doctors and patients.

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  1. JRM_CommonSense

    Someone needs to take a look at the new programs (3 years rather than 4) and additional financial aid being appropriated for those medical students who want to take the road to being primary care physicians. The same types of programs and aid are targeted for nurses, nurse practioners, physician’s assistants and other healthcare workers. Just because someone wishes to ignore what is happening does not mean that it is not happening.

    For someone who constantly rails against “socialist” approaches to healthcare, some of the suggestions above seem to be saying that the federal government needs to take over the supplying and placement of doctors to make healthcare successful. Sorry, that approach is not called for or allowed by the PPACA. Next thing you know, someone may be calling for the government to take over the entire healthcare insurance industry and total control of all healthcare facilities and services; again, something that is not called for or allowed by the PPACA.

  2. I thought that the government used to offer student loan payback reductions, if the person would spend their first 5-7 years practicing in a community in need of doctors. That seems like a better system to me.

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