A better use for those sixteen thousand IRS agents (or the money used to hire them)

Back in 2009 and 2010, conservatives repeated that ObamaCare provided funding for 16,000 new IRS agents but additional funding for physicians.  PolitiFact suggests that this may not be accurate, since the number is generated from the $5 billion to $10 billion in additional funds budgeted to the IRS.  (It did not, however, dispute that ObamaCare gives many billions to the IRS but no additional funds to doctors or for doctor training.)

Then there is this from Bloomberg Businessweek: in coming years, America will probably need 130,000  more doctors than it currently has.  Alex Wayne explains,

One major reason: The residency programs to train new doctors are largely paid for by the federal government, and the number of students accepted into such programs has been capped at the same level for 15 years. Medical schools are holding back on further expansion because the number of applicants for residencies already exceeds the available positions, according to the National Resident Matching Program, a 60-year-old Washington-based nonprofit that oversees the program.

Then this:

[Teaching hospitals] support bipartisan legislation introduced this month that would add 3,000 residencies a year through 2017 at a cost to taxpayers of about $9 billion. Deficit-watching Republicans, including Price, say private funding needs to be identified instead.

Let’s go for the obvious solution: spend the $5 to $10 billion that would have been given to the IRS on training more doctors.  Fewer metaphorical headaches for all Americans, more primary-care physicians, less government intrusion.

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