Sarah Palin, God bless you. John McCain, get off your ass.
Physicians suspected when EMTALA was passed that it was a set-up for a government takeover of health care in America.
The sub-prime meltdown is EMTALA writ large on our economy and the answer, after the government forced banks to provide mortgages to people that would not otherwise have qualified (here for example or simply click below) is, genius move, to get the government more involved.
Since Obama has declared health care a 'right' let me explain to those of you outside of health care what will follow if it is given a firmer foundation than it already has in EMTALA.
1. Care will be rationed. It's just that simple, all the other consequences are obvious, but this is the most important one for you.
2. Physicians will quit, retire early, cut their hours, or otherwise opt out.
3. The rich will still get excellent care either legally or illegally, but it will be unavailable for ordinary folks (see #1).
With a 'right' comes a 'responsibility'. If health care is a 'right' then who is responsible for it?
For the last twenty five years the answer has been the taxpayer, physicians, hospitals, and insurance companies (and the system has nearly broken under it's weight). When the 'right to health care' is enshrined along with 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' then, and this is not a bad thing at all for doctors (in theory, all the care we deliver will be compensated but at rates set by the government), 'the rich' will pay for it, and, 'the rich' will be defined by your government. The magic number for being rich, depending on who you listen to, is either an aggregate income of $250,000, or, according to the conservative media, folks making more than $45,000 a year.
I will make more money, initially, with an Obama-like plan, and I will not work as hard. It is idiocy. For many of you who are fairly healthy it will be great. When you get really sick, however, you will wait. Depending on where you live you may wait till after you die because there will be no incentive for hospitals or physicians to see more patients or to expedite treatment. In fact, if tort reform is not enacted with Obama-care, it will be a really bad idea to see more patients than your banker's hours allow, and a disincentive to take on difficult cases.
Welcome to the world stood on it's head. See you in line for free food. Farmers and grocers, you're next.