Will good care remain under Obamacare?

In the darkness surrounding the recent Tucson shooting, the one bright light is the recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Recently, her status was upgraded to good. Thanks to the efforts of first responders, expert emergency-room physicians and top-notch neurosurgeons, this lady -- in less than a month after having a 9 mm bullet go completely through her brain -- is moving to rehab.

The question few people are asking is: Under the government takeover of health care, will physicians like those who have cared for Ms. Giffords be available five, 10 or 20 years from now?

With the heavy hand of Big Brother looking over their shoulder dictating the kind of care they can provide and the tedious minefield that is the medical legal abyss, will we be able to attract the best and the brightest into the health-care professions? Will those such as Arizona neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Lemole be willing to invest eight years of higher education and four to six years of indentured servitude called "residency," then enter practice with a mountain of student loan debt into this future environment?

To get the correct answer, ask your physician or health-care provider if they are encouraging their children and/or grandchildren to pursue careers in the health care profession.

In a world where even the best physicians -- those who literally hold your heart or your brain in their hands -- do not make in a career what Alex Rodriguez or Lebron James make in a year, do we really want to ignore the unintended consequences of Obamacare?

Bill Goss

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