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We keep hearing republicans describing the ACA as a "dog" and maintain it is bad law. However, specifics of their complaints are rarely explored in a comprehensive way. Even today they are on TV doing whatever they can to frame the ACA as a ticking time bomb. Now, a quick search of the internet will indeed turn up results offering that there is indeed a subset of MD's who do not support the law so much so that some suggest they will leave the field. They even maintain that there could be a future shortage of providers due to the "best and brightest" looking elsewhere for a career based on the implementation of the ACA.
So what is behind this? It appears to me that the providers main beef is a loss of personal income. As unsavory as it is to imagine our health care providers clutching their pearls over income lost due to ACA, are they correct? Do they have a reason to be concerned or are they just being hoodwinked by the right wingers in DC?
So, does anyone have the answer? I can't personally connect the dots here. Why would more people having health insurance cause providers income to fall (by as much as 20% by some estimates). How do we get from people under 26 being covered by parents policy and people with preexisitng conditions being eligible for insurance to docs losing money? What is the dynamic that has providers spooked? Is there something in the ACA that is impacting reimbursement rates to the point that people will begin avoiding the medical field?