Will Doctors “Go Galt”?

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Yes, we’ve heard all about ObamaCare from the perspective of the 129 million Americans who will potentially lose their health insurance coverage because of Barack Obama’s signature legislation, The Affordable Care Act (which is a Ponzie Scheme).

What about the Doctors? What are they going to do? There are options outside of the US, where American doctors are in demand and can roughly double their US pay by living in places such as Singapore and Hong Kong. But will many of them just take their savings and drop out of the profession? CBS News (by all accounts, an ‘organ of the State’ which has supported the president through all of his many scandals) weighs in on the subject. 
(CBS News) Right now, there is already a shortage of 20,000 doctors nationwide, and with healthcare expansion, plus increasing population, there will be a need for about 52,000 primary care doctors by 2025.
This while only 20 percent of new doctors become primary care physicians and the new landscape has older doctors bailing, Brennan reported. “Doctors are planning to retire. Anybody who is anywhere near retirement retirement age is talking about retirement. 

Just by sheer numbers, doctor retirements will increase. Nearly half right now are over the age of 50, and the American Medical Association says nurses will also be in short supply, Brennan reported.

With the required income cuts and increased government regulation over healthcare providers, there is not the incentive to become a doctor that there once was. Under the present situation a lot of doctors are expected to ‘go Galt’ and just hang up their stethoscope.

Going Galt

John Galt is a character in Ayn Rand‘s novel Atlas Shrugged. Although he is not identified by name until the last third of the novel, he is the object of its often-repeated question “Who is John Galt?” and of the quest to discover the answer.

As the plot unfolds, Galt is acknowledged to be a philosopher and inventor; he believes in the power and glory of the human mind, and the right of the individual to use his/her mind solely for him/herself. He serves as a highly individualist counterpoint to the collectivist social and economic structure depicted in the novel, in which society is based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces mediocrity in the name of  egalitarianism, which the novel interprets as the end result of socialistic idealism. (It reads a bit like ObamaCare and the other collectivist programs of the Obama Administration)

Ayn Rand’s character, John Galt, simply refused to serve the socialist regime and add his intellectual value to it. By ‘going Galt’, people drop out and allow the machine to grind itself down – as socialism is prone to do.

Actors Going Galt? No.

As ObamaCare is being mocked by comedians and average people, the small legion of liberal Hollywood actors who endorsed it have gone into hiding. They haven’t gone Galt. They’re just keeping under the radar. Since the mainstream media is starting to rip ObamaCare it to pieces by finding the victims of ObamaCare and highlighting their plights, typically with mentions that these people “supported Obama” and mentions that “Obama lied” about his promise that they could keep their insurance. Then they cite some massive premium number and tell a horror story about what the cancellation of the person’s insurance has done to them. And each of these people is saying they would rather pay the fine. To the extent that ObamaCare is no longer cool, the actors by extension aren’t cool either and that’s something that a Hollywood lemming can’t ever afford to be.

11 thoughts on “Will Doctors “Go Galt”?

  1. None of the kids in Sweden in the 1980s wanted to be doctors either. Socialism has that effect on a society.

  2. I'd go work somewhere else. The world needs good doctors but the US apparently does not when you look who the electorate prefers.

  3. The younger generation of doctors are being 'raised' in this system, they believe that CYA medicine is "just what you do." We have found that old doctors that are smart enough and brave enough to fight the system, or worth finding…even if English is a struggle for them. There is nothing like a Chinese doctor who warns his American patients of the evils of big government.

  4. Funny you say that. I had an experience with that about two months ago with a minor situation. I went to the HMO doctor (young) with a splinter under my skin that needed to be removed and I wasn't able to get to it with a knife and tweezers. He did the CYA thing, prescribed antibiotics and referred me to a specialist.

    My response was WTF. Get a knife and cut the damned thing out. Isn't that what you do? No, as a "gatekeeper" his function is to refer me to a specialist.

  5. Another important quality to consider in finding the best (or at least a very good) insurance company is its performance in paying claims for people who;ve experienced losses. You want an insurance company that pays its claims quickly and without causing extra stress. It can be difficult to assess this quality when purchasing a policy because you haven't experienced a covered loss. Consumer Reports has published some excellent articles that provide information about this quality.

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