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    VeloVixen, Mr Robert

    can't do everything.

    The government isn't responsible for creating every single NP job.

    We have people becoming NPs and PAs even though the government didn't pay to train them.  Presumably that would continue, so 600 is only the supplemental number added each year.

    How many are added each year without government assistance?

    The ACA also kicks in money for health clinics to be run by NPs, and also serve to train NPs.

    And another word:  Really?

    Obama is supposed to pull a perfect health care system out of his ass?  Before the ACA, we had NO additional government support for training of NPs.  

    If the worse thing that happens is you have to wait for an appointment (in contrast with foregoing treatment at all because you don't have insurance), I count that as a win.  

    No bill can address every issue with the ideal, maximum focus.  Sure, ideally, in a perfect world where there is an endless amount of money and no blue dog dems, the bill would be as costly as necessary to cover all of these issues.

    What if training 1000's of NPs meant there were no tax credits for students who choose to focus on primary care in underserved areas?

    Perfection=enemy of the good.  

    By all means, let's be pessimistic instead of celebrating progress.  

    I hope the convention speeches celebrate progress at every turn, every opportunity to say

    without the oh noes republicans will criticize our optimism "it's not as good as it should be".

     I'm not saying you don't have a point.  There is a shortage in primary care.

    But I'm hearing at phone banks that people are disappointed in the President because he hasn't fixed everything like magic.  Why hasn't he created jobs for everyone, fixed the housing crisis, instantly restaffed every hospital and doctor's office?

    Abracadabra! :)

    I think it's time we celebrate what the ACA does, and if that were the only thing this President has done, it would be a big fucking deal.

    Only it's not the only thing.

    Why is it that a 3% tax increase for the wealthy is considered "socialism" and an 8% wage cut for the middle class is "doing your part"? MartyM

    by delphine on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 10:29:58 AM PDT

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