Dick Morris: Obamacare to Lead to Rationing

Saturday, 22 Aug 2009 11:15 AM

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Political expert Dick Morris is warning that President Barack Obama's drive for healthcare reform will result in the rationing of treatment for America's elderly population.

"How is Obama going to cover 50 million new people without any more doctors or nurses?" Morris said on the CBS "Early Show." "The answer is he is not. What that's going to mean is rationing, which primarily means that the elderly don't get the medical care they get now. ...

"What [Obama is] saying is 'I'm going to cut reimbursement rates to doctors and hospitals.' If you cut reimbursement rates to doctors, you get shorter office visits and fewer office visits. If you cut them for MRIs, you get fewer MRIs. What this is ultimately going to lead to is fewer and fewer doctors because their income is being cut, more and more patients because the coverage is being expanded."

Although Morris said he wasn't a fan of the Democrats' plan to reform America's healthcare system, he does agree that the system needs to be changed.

"I'm in favor of covering everyone, but the way to do that is expand the number of doctors and the number of nurses," he said. "Expand the supply before you expand the demand."

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