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Tucked away on page 466 of President Obama’s 2,704-page health-care bill is a provision that changes the definition of “medical assistance,” the term describing what states are required to provide to Medicaid recipients.

States have in the past been required to provide payment for services to physicians. Now, under the new definition, states will be liable for ensuring provision of “the care and services themselves.”

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I fear that this opens the door to martial law of doctors. This happened a few years ago in the Canadian province of Quebec. There was a shortage of docs to work in the Emergency Room. Docs would be handed subpoenas on short notice and be commandeered to work in hospitals, sometimes hundreds of miles away. I have said it over and over again, the government that pretends to be a benefactor will invariably be your ruler. Feel good programs like government medicine are the toe hold on a totalitarian state.

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