38 members of the California Congressional delegation voted for Obamacare.
Both California senators voted for Obamacare.
Now, Californians will all have some kind of health insurance. Unfortunately, they will not have access to health care.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
"We're going to be mandating that every single person in this state have insurance," said state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate Health Committee and leader of the effort to expand professional boundaries. "What good is it if they are going to have a health insurance card but no access to doctors?"
Currently, just 16 of California's 58 counties have the federal government's recommended supply of primary care physicians, with the Inland Empire and the San Joaquin Valley facing the worst shortages. In addition, nearly 30% of the state's doctors are nearing retirement age, the highest percentage in the nation, according to the Assn. of American Medical Colleges.
State government officials are trying to solve the problem by allowing nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other paramedical professionals to offer more care for patients.
So, the bluest of blue states thought that it was voting for affordable health care. It has just discovered that it has voted itself third rate health care.
It’s fair to speculate that the Silicon Valley billionaires and the Hollywood swells do not have this problem. In their world you call a physician and you get an appointment.
Now California is divided between the rich and the rest.
Should we feel sorry for “the rest?” Not at all. They cast their votes. They elected their representatives. They did not get what they wanted. They are not going to get what they were promised. In fact, they have been royally screwed. But they will continue to vote Democratic and will blame the physician shortage on the Tea Party and Fox News.
They won’t have access to physicians, but they have gotten social justice. You cast your vote and you pay the price.
It’s the social justice that befalls you when you vote to grant yourself something that you did not earn, only to wake up and discover that you have gotten what you have paid for.
I hope they all enjoy their social justice.