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Nurses spar with docs as 30 million insured seek care

Bloomberg, March 5, 2013
Christy Blanco, a nurse practitioner, is caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between doctors and nurses over who will provide basic primary care for the 30 million U.S. citizens expected to get health insurance under the 2010 health-care law. Nurse practitioners say they can do their jobs just fine without doctors and they're lobbying lawmakers to end restrictions in more than a dozen of the 34 states that require physician oversight. Despite the need for increased care, doctors are pushing back, fighting for restrictions with their own lobbying efforts as well as with lawsuits across the country, arguing that patients' basic care is at risk.