Deadlines are looming for ObamaCare for programs that are required to begin in 2014.
Unfortunately, the PPACA was not the genesis of physician regulation, nor are these busy rulemakers limited to the federal government. “An extensive regulatory framework … arose haphazardly, with little consideration of how the pieces fit together,” the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice reported in 2004.[i] The huge numbers of state and federal regulations and their haphazard nature place tremendous burdens on physicians’ practices, most of which are still small businesses. These rules insert themselves between physicians and their patients, frequently do little to improve patient care, and divert physicians’ time and energy away from the patients in the exam room. We need to repeal, reorganize, and reprioritize if we want a functional health care delivery system.
[i] Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition. July 2004. Available at http://www.justice.gov/atr/public/health_care/204694.pdf. Accessed April 2012.