The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) will be implemented in full by 2014, putting millions more into the healthcare market just in time for a doctor shortage in the United States. ABC News reports that the United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population.
Given this demand, the future of quality healthcare does not look so rosy. Some have come up with suggestions about how people who will likely lose their doctors or their current insurance (despite the president’s assurances to the contrary), can immunize themselves from the shortcomings of the new healthcare law. Some of those are practical, like start a health savings account or get a good primary care doctor; others seem a little out of reach, such as considering "medical tourism."
On 'Real News' Wednesday the panel looked at the suggestions and discussed what--if anything--the aging population can do to avoid falling victim to rationed care.