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A Former Med Student Who Punted

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RUSH: Jim in Rapid City, South Dakota.  I really appreciate your patience.  We get back to you now as we go back to the phones.  Hello, sir.

CALLER:  I really appreciate talking to you, Rush.  It was over ten years ago that I called you from Greenville, North Carolina, telling you I was resigning as a second year med student with some angst and concern, but I did it, because I wasn't gonna go on another four years or so to become a primary care doctor because I could see back then the structural problems of having a third-party payer involved in your health care.  And this Obamacare is only gonna hasten more people from not going into primary care, which is the main reason --

RUSH:  What was going on back in 2003?

CALLER:  Well, this was even before, this was 2000.  We had the remnants of Hillarycare, which is the same problem we have today with Obamacare.

RUSH:  But Hillarycare didn't pass.

CALLER:  Yes it didn't, but the structural problems are still there, and the structural problem is this.  No one wants to become a primary care doctor if they can't make the money, and now it only makes it worse because you've put a bigger third-party payer in the problem, not just insurance companies --

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  -- governments, which is even worse, and we're not --

RUSH:  That's not entirely true.  It's not that nobody wants to go into it, it's that -- this is tough to say -- it's that maybe the best of the pool are not going into it.  I don't want to insult people who are doctors and nurses, I don't mean to do that, but it could well be that the best and the most talented have, just like you, punted: "I don't want any part of this."

CALLER:  I agree.

RUSH:  We're always gonna fill the void. We got enough people in the country to fill the void in anything, but what is the talent level at that point?  Who knows.

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