A Virginia Democrat running for the House of Delegates told a forum in Great Falls Friday she believes the government should force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients.
According to a report in the Mason Conservative, during a debate at the Great Falls Grange, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting Medicaid and Medicare patients, she supports a law requiring them to do so.
In the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout and the revelation that, of the few Americans actually signing up in the health insurance exchanges, by far most are signing up for Medicaid, Murphy appears to be doubling down. Many physicians are no longer accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients due to the very low reimbursement rates.
From the report:
She [Murphy] did not recognize that the payments are inadequate to cover the doctors’ costs. She also did not recognize there is a shortage of over 45,000 physicians now and that it is forecast to be 90,000 in a few years.
Democrats appear to want to make physicians slaves of the state, but Democrats don’t admit they would just drive more doctors out of practice into retirement and other occupations. The Obamacare law and regulations are causing millions of people to lose their health insurance, drop many doctors and hospitals. The HHS internal forecast is 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance due to the Obamacare law and rules about adequacy of insurance.
Despite the ObamaCare rollout “nightmare,” Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has said he would consider shutting down Virginia’s state government in order to get an ObamaCare exchange running in the state.