I also overlooked or failed to anticipate the looming physician shortage, as physicians, young and old, sought refuge from reform economic pressures, the malpractice scourge, and time pressures by retiring or working 40 hour weeks in search of a more balanced lifestyle.
As these events are taking place, the health law remains unpopular by 8% to 10% margins in polls, premiums continue to rise, especially in individual and small group markets, employers have postponed hiring or discontinued coverage or reducing employees to 30 hour work weeks because of uncertainties what the law means to escape or minimize expenses. . Business owners are also exploiting loopholes, such as waivers and self-funding, to avoid complying with expensive and comprehensive government approved health plans.
The legacy of Obama, and his signature legislative achievement, often dubbed a “monstrosity” by its critics, hangs in the balance.
History awaits the voters' verdict.