83 Percent of Doctors Have Considered Quitting Over Obamacare


Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.

The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.

Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The new health care law increases demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.

By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told The Daily Caller.

“One of our primary concerns is that you’ve got an aging physician workforce and you have these new beneficiaries — these newly insured people — coming through the system,” he said. “There will be strains and there will be physician shortages.”




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118 comments on “83 Percent of Doctors Have Considered Quitting Over Obamacare
  1. Noob says:

    And the shortage of qualified doctors begins. All praise Obama Care.

  2. ElizabethMC says:

    Obama’s answer to the shortage would be to offer free medical schooling or to pay school loans for those who would work for meager reimbursements. With democrats in power, this kind of thing is coming.

  3. jong says:

    If you do not have a doctor I would get one real quick. If you do not the next one you see will probably not speak English and will have problems with basic anatomy

  4. mc hammer says:

    The doctors need to get vocal and sound down the AARP who are nothing but a conduit for OBAMACARE, getting commissions from all the people who get insurance through them as that is why they gave millions to lobby for the law.

    • scot_belle says:

      AARP does NOT speak for me!!
      I have steadfastly refused to join AARP, and it is directly due to my handling of their various forms of insurance…while working at a hospital. Their insurance coverage has a little caveat that says that, “they cover what Medicare covers,” and other than paying “something” toward the Medicare deductible …they really aren’t covering much at all. The year long premiums have always come up to be way more than what their coverage has provided. Having a savings account set up to handle potential co-pays would have done more good than AARP, and is what people should do…instead.
      Unfortunately, the self-pay medical savings accounts…are now going to be a thing of the past. This is directly due to “ObamaCare”…because this is no longer is considered as an “health insurance.”
      The rich will never be limited to “ObamaCare” because they will just pay the fine, and then pay whatever the hospital and physicians may agree upon.
      It is the middle and lower financial classes who will have rationed healthcare, and no consistent medical personnel to over-see their health issues.

    • Sarah says:

      AARP will never get a red cent from me. They tout that they are looking out for the seniors, yeah really, they are liming their pockets by selling the seniors down the river of dispare to Obamacare. We wont get any good from their actions but they will reap an abundance of wealth.

      • rosina says:

        I left these creeps years ago and joined United Seniors Association but somehow they seemed to have disappeared.
        They were really against AARP and exposed them. They also had the same benefits. Anyone know anything? I believe those louses in AARP had some kind of litigation against them.
        I now send all that AARP rubbish back to them after removing my name and place tea leaves in the reply envelope. I Undersatnd they have lost loads of seniors and frankly am sick of their constant ads paid for with the bribe money they received from Obammy.

      • plunderpower says:

        They are really gearing up their membership solicitations. I remove any identifying info…then rip it up and send it back in their postage paid envelope.

    • Riverdweller says:

      I canceled my AARP several years ago when this obummercare crap started.

      • boyer68 says:

        As did I. I returned the ridiculous mini newspaper they sent out with a bunch of sob stories about people who were denied coverage, or somehow shafted by the mean, unfeeling insurance companies. I sent them to the attn. of Barry Rand, their top dog.

  5. Chris Calvin says:

    My Doctor is going to retire early instead. He has been my Doc for about 15 years and is only about 50, He said he would NOT work with all the Government red tape that is coming. He quit taking new Medicare/Medicare patients a year or so ago, for that very reason.

    • Patriot says:

      Chris, my PCP did, too, and had been my doctor since ’79; my husband’s gastroenterologist just called last week to tell him to pick up his records, he is retiring; his cardiologist is planning to retire, too; mine alluded to his thinking about retiring and he’s only in his early 50s. People are ignoring the fact that insurance does not guarantee care, especially if the doctors retire or refuse to take insurance. OWEbamaTAX is forcing doctors out of practice while supposedly adding millions more to be covered under it, thus rationing care. It will be ER care for everyone. 85% were satisfied with their healthcare coverage. All of this for 15% makes no sense – other than GOVERNMENT control of our lives because it is NOT healthcare.

    • rosina says:

      One of my doctors did exactly the same thing a couple of years ago.
      She was a specialist and a wonderful one. She also told me that only 20%of the doctors are in AMA so that was another lie when the pelousy witch said doctors were for Obamaruincare!

    • Chris, you’re Doctor and mine are in the same page. Because my Doctor is a “specialist” in his field (neurology), he told me that those Doctor’s who have a specialty will be the most effected by this new law. He told me that being a specialist takes more years of study, more training and of course more money to complete their studies. Basically he is P-Oed that this went through. He too is willing to retire at an early age. What a loss, He is a great Doctor who serves so many.

  6. silvia says:

    Obama is doing such crazy things people have to wake up impeach him he wants america to be communist. controlled by King Kong

    • Evermyrtle says:

      That is what he has been aiming and working for ever since he has been in politics and we sit back and do nothing. I have given up on those responsible to handle treasonous acts and are, who are apparently asleep. I do not worry about myself, I am about at the end of my row, but if we are wrong about the soon return of JESUS CHRIST my children and grandchildren are in for a very rough
      ride.

  7. FDW says:

    Obama Care is 2700 pages of control and tax. The greatest scam perpertrated on the American people under the pretense of providing “affordable” health care. The goal from day one has been and remains a single payer system with Gov determing your health care. Amazing how the Washington Democrat elite will have their premium health care. We however, must live with the bills they pass but in the process make sure we as Dems are protected from this scam called Obama Care. Maybe that explains it all..we must first pass the bill to see what is in the bill. Not important to Queen Pelosi as she would be exempt from it anyway so why read it.

    • rwduncan says:

      Exactly right!!! Who is going to pay for all this since 50% Of the population is out of work! It will sink the middle class and there will be 2 classes in this country, the elite and the poor!!! But that is exactly how the dictators in every communist country like it! God help us all!!

      • Washington22 says:

        50% of the population is out of work and 66% of the people DON’T want Obamatax…………………..So how can this pig fly?

        • Dingbat36 says:

          You don’t understand……….about 15% (or maybe more) of those who don’t want Obamacare hate the law because it didn’t go anywhere near FAR ENOUGH to suit them!!

        • Jonnyright says:

          50%? not true.

        • plunderpower says:

          It can’t…basic math. Think of it this way: Obama’s crown jewel and achievement will kick him and his bunch to the White House curb.

        • boyer68 says:

          I agree. Keep the faith.

        • jim says:

          it will fly because obama will tell it to fly

        • Washington22 says:

          I mis-spoke about the 50% being out of work………….It’s more like 17% in reality, if the books aren’t being cooked and the figures tweaked. They like to say it’s 8.2 or so, but we know they lie. The total I was referring to should have been those on food stamps and medicade and welfare in general……….that totals 49 or 50%………….But the other figure of 66% not wanting Obamatax is true. It represents Republicans and Independents who have weighed in. Obamatax WILL go down…………….

    • John J. says:

      The scariest part , is the part/parts nobody’s talking about … The parts that align with the UN and their agenda 21 ! This should raise more concern than the health care plan , THIS will take America apart and TOTALLY dismantle the Constitution !

      • plunderpower says:

        How about mandated service to the country? He wants all 20-30 yr olds to serve in the military if they haven’t already. Wait till that one dawns on his staunchest bootlickers.

    • MSGT JOHN CORREA says:

      The whole scheme about ObamaCare is nothing more than a tool for destruction of our economic system in America… period! I had warned over the years that members of the American Communist Party had planned the infiltration of the major political party, (Democratic Party) news Medias, labor unions, educational institutions, and any other organization they would use to their advantage. A speaker for the American Communist Party meeting in Manhattan, New York City made the above announcement which sounded like an overthrow of the United states government. I was only 15 years old when I heard this at the meeting. After the meeting was over, some guy grabbed me the arm and pulled me over to the side of the auditorium and said; “If you expose anything that was said at this meeting; we’ll make you disappear.”
      I didn’t have to say a word because, the late Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover and other prominent leaders warned Congress and the American people about the ‘infiltration’ by members of the American Communist Party. The bible for members of the Communist party was called; “Communist Rule for Revolution.” (1920s)People heard them but, they didn’t listen… I did! Now look where we are today all because Americans decided to leave their guard down. Protection of our liberties and freedom is a full time job.
      MSGT JOHN CORREA
      USAF (RET)

    • Jonny right says:

      obamacare is about 970 pages

      • Catchance says:

        Bring the bill up online and count the number of pages. In 2009 it was just under 2,000 pages… now it’s around 2,700.

    • jim says:

      if obama care is so great that every american citizen must have it then why has congress exempt them self from it,and why are so many doctors quiting

  8. An American Dreamer says:

    DOCTORS! Don’t quit–ORGANIZE! Take action and fight this monstrosity! Form a powerful orginization with lawyers and maybe a militia (haha). But seriously, don’t take it lying down!

  9. Bobseeks says:

    All doctors should refuse services until obamacare is completely repealed and government writes an constitutional ammendment permanently barring government from getting involved in healthcare. Some people will die, but many more will die as a result of an incompetent, corrupt government taking over health care.

    • alfred m says:

      I refused mine when I retired at age 58.75 in 2003.

      I could not be happier.

      ret expat MD: NBME; ABIM; ABNM; ABR w/spec comp NR and 45 years in medicine

  10. mymy says:

    An you thought the hospital emergency room wait was long today. With fewer doctors an obama’s illegals the waiting room will get larger.

    • plunderpower says:

      Yup, Obama thinks all those drug runners and criminals will love him and vote for him. Wait until it dawns on them all that these types don’t vote…period.

  11. talldog4 says:

    When you do everything you can to destroy an entire country, bad things happen. Obama says he’s been trying, but loves to blame others for all the troubles in America. I mean, if he wants to destroy America, he’s doing an efficient job in doing so and no one seems to be willing to stop him. Those who support this Presidential imposter are as clueless as it gets. He has many believing he is supporting their causes and in reality his administration works to enslave everyone in America. Obama and his ilk are evil and must be stopped.

    Wake up America, the Matrix has you. (Ever wonder why the red pill wakes you up from the Matrix and the blue pill doesn’t? Do you think those were random choices of colors?)

    I am Morpheus and believe that the best days in America are ahead of us. The Progressive machine world must go or learn to coexist in OUR world.

  12. VLBG says:

    My son had planned all his life on being a cardiologist, he prepared for med school and spent many hours studying for the MCAT. Now he is going to study law. One less excellent physician thanks to Obama Health Control.

  13. Bill says:

    On the other side of the coin. Thats good news for young adults that want to be doctors, there were be no shortage of postions and/or lack of patients for them wanting to open their own practice.

    • HawkCW4 says:

      But who in their right mind would want to be a part of this fiasco. My primary care doctor has now layed off so many people ( staff ) that you can not call and reach a live person anymore. You leave a msg, if your lucky they will call you within the next 8 hours. My wife came down with a serious urinary infection, took 8 hours to speak to a human, the best they could offer was an appointment the 17th. Finally got them to agree to one today. My eye doctor is so stressed out he is a candidate for a heartattack. He has had to lay off all his staff also and does all the paper work himself. Not sure how long he will last in this stupid atmosphere created by Obama. Obama care is built on nothing but lies, and he knows it. The idea of him getting the Long Lost Holy Grail, Government run Health Care is more important to him than what it has done to the medical field and our care. I have never despised another human being in my life as much as I despise Obama for what he is doing to MY Country.

      • fiddler says:

        I’m planning to take election day off to cart people to the voting boot.

      • Washington22 says:

        Hawk, bless you and yours. Sorry for your troubles,they resemble mine. Work hard, do all that you can, join groups, volunteer, to get rid of this AWFUL president. If we all work together, we can win. None of us can afford to sit back and wait to see what will happen. We must be part of the solution, as Americans who will fight to win.

      • Bill says:

        Hawk. I understand, I think Obama has also done a horrible job selling and not being partisan with this healthcare bill.
        But its fair to say that these problems existed LONG before Obama was ever in office. I’m not sure where you live, but were I am in Miami. Its very typical to call your doctor, be it specialist or primary care and get the answering machine and Hopefully!!! get a call back at the end of their day.
        It also very typical that you call your doctor when you are sick or just a check up and the appointment wont be for a few weeks. It just different in each part of the country.
        And this has been the same since the mid 90′s. At least thats as far back as I can recall issues with my healthcare and doctors. It wants till around early to mid 2000 that I started to have to fight my insuracne company for treatments for they started to deny treatments.
        Our health care system has been flawed for many many years and unless you are in a massive company group or a Federal Employee, the rest of the public have to deal with it day by day.
        We all know that Obamacare will make it worse and its very upsetting that the two parties couldnt come to together and make real changes. I’m glad that children wont be denied, but what does that do for the me a lower middle class, self insured family, that lives paycheck to paycheck. All its going to take it one major health event and insurance or not, I wont be able to cover deductibles, or any of the other nickel and dime items the Insurance is continually rejecting.
        The system is flawed!! Before Obama!!!

        • Ron says:

          Good comment but give the new Health Care Reform time to work itself out. It will end up being great thing for most. If Doctors are retiring early then they were making way to much money. I hope the new breed of Doctors will take on more of the old system of evening coming to you home if required. It is going to take time to get it all worked out.

      • Ellie says:

        Most of my relatives can’t even get in to see their family doctor anymore.It can take 1-5 days to get a call back when you leave a message on their automated system.However,on the message,it says you can call the clinic next to the doctors office and get an appointment in 3-5 days there,and seen by a nurse midwife.If she thinks your case needs a specialist,she refers you to one.Right now,the minimum wait to see their family doctor is 3 months but,the wait can be 6 months.My family doctor/health care system has changed too this year.They are going more outpatient surgeries in the doctor’s office.I found out I was pregnant a few months ago,they no longer do first ob appointments until you are nearly 5 months along,and I was informed by the health system my hospital is,my doctor can not deliver my baby until we pay the bill in full,before the baby arrives.They basically said ,unless if a hospital stay is an emergency,you have to pay for your part before they will admit you.They also will not to new procedures/tests until you ay all bills off first.They simply call your insurance and find out how much the insurance covers,you owe the rest.

    • Patriot says:

      But will they when the GOVERMENT will dictate EXACTLY how much they can earn? That is part of OWEbamaTAX. Gone are the dreams of becoming a doctor so you can provide well for your family. You might just as well stay on welfare – maybe have a better income than being a doctor, if OWEbama is re-elected.

    • minni says:

      If they want to open their own practice then they would be in the wrong profession, obamacare will not pay enough to doctors , that is why real doctors are quitting or retiring.

      • Bill says:

        Minni, I have talked to my doctor and asked him what he thinks of the new law. He said it no big deal, nothing really changes for him. I am not aware of any doctor that is planning on retiring. His comes from a few of my friends that all work in the healthcare industry.
        Also, my father has had a liver transplant, be has spoken to his MANY doctors about this and they all say the same. No plans to retire and they will have to see what changes come about, but they are not too worried.
        RON, I hope your right. I hope Romeny if he wins will expand on the obamacare, make changes where needed, I expect to pay for my healthcare be it in taxes or monthly payments, I just dont feel that currently we our money’s worth of coverage.

    • plunderpower says:

      What? Their own practice? Bill, you need to turn your head around. It’s on backward.

  14. Linerty Rock says:

    Good, This Would Teach Those Lazy Free Loaders A Lesson That No Doctor Will Never Work For Free. Health Care Is Never A Right. Healthcarte Is A Priviledge To Those Who Work For It & Can Afford It. Fact, Without Doctors Many Free Loaders Lazy SMF’s Will Died Without Having No Doctors Available Any Where In America. Free Loaders Lazy People Are So Stupid & Ignorant That Will Die Without No Doctor Available For Their Care. Healthcare Is Not Free. There Is No Such Thing As Free Healthcare.

    • Sarah says:

      But they are dragging all of us down with them. We have always paid our way, but now that accounts for nothing. I don’t blame the Doctors for refusing to work for nothing. They paid through the nose to become a doctor. Why do the democrats punish success???????

      • Gigi says:

        I agree with a friend who says it is spiritual blindness. The bible predicts all of this in the end. Hooray, maybe we are close!

    • Ebnas1 says:

      All these “Free Loaders” will be in government controlling your, so worry about yourself. I saw it already in soviet union.

  15. BAD DOG says:

    It has very little to do with health care and “ALL” to do with Gov. CONTROL ! We are to bow to King obutthead. God Bless this mess.