When asked how President Barack Obama winning the election will affect their dental practice, 77% of the dentist respondents answered that an Obama win will hurt their practice.
In the same survey, The Wealthy Dentist also asked how a Romney victory will affect their practice, and 72% answered that a win by Romney will be a benefit to their practice.
19% of the dentists think there will be no change to their practice if President Obama is reelected, while 21% think there will be no change if Mitt Romney is elected.
Only 7% of the dentists believe a win by Romney will ultimately hurt their dental practice.
Gender seemed to be a factor in how the dentists responded, with male dentists believing Mitt Romney will benefit their dental practice and female dentists thinking either President Obama will be a benefit, or there will be no change no matter who wins the election.
A few of the Republican dentists see Obama as a socialist. “Romney is pro business. Obama is a governmental Socialist,” said a California dentist “Socialism vs free enterprise. Draw your own conclusions.” commented a Massachusetts dentist.
For more insight into how dentists see this election, check out these comments below —
“Romney’s plans for health care are incomprehensible. The man who put through universal care in Massachusetts is not clear on what he would keep and change from the Affordable Health Care Act. Under the new law and an Obama administration, more people will have access to health care and become better educated about preventative care. This will have a positive impact: more dental care insurance benefits and more people seeking dental care. Under Obamacare, we have already received tax credits averaging $800 for the last two years to help offset the expense of providing health insurance to one of our employees. These are the kinds of positive things that you never hear about in all the debates about health care!” (Maryland dentist)
“Dentistry is mainly elective. People take care of themselves when they feel good and optimistic. Another four years of fear, resignation and declining discretionary spending will hurt dentistry and the dentist whose income no longer will be his, he didn’t build it, but the states through confiscatory, predatory redistributionist power taken by Obama and the Democratic Party.” (Colorado orthodontist)
“The economic and fiscal debt problems (takers vs. the makers) may be so big and so bad that neither party (NO ONE!) can prevent a long term recession and/or near term depression.” (General dentist)
“Practicing dentists will become what the insurance industry would like if the democrat healthcare model wins out. We will be working for the fees that the government and the insurance companies permit and those fees will be much less than current fees. Prepare to run from room to room just to survive.” (General dentist)
“We should always be prepared for the worst scenario!” (Ohio prosthodontist)
“If Obama is reelected, we can expect higher taxes, further devaluation of the dollar which creates higher costs, and more patient visits with less reimbursement. Save us!” (Missouri dentist)
“A change of administration will bring about new policy and a new direction for the country. Business people are going to be encouraged and will be more optimistic about their chances of success. Therefore employment will surge and more people are going to be able to afford much needed dental services that they have been putting off because of the uncertainty.” (General dentist)
“I think dental care is going back to the 1960’s when no one had dental insurance coverage and dentists will only be caring for emergencies for the most part. Hygiene visits were the only routine dental visits. They do not talk or mention dentistry in their future.” (Florida dentist)
More rural and suburban dentists responded to this survey over urban dentists, with most of the urban dentists responding that they do not expect to see a change either way to their dental practice.