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Drafting medical workers

[Preliminary aside: Via TaxProf Blog, I found a new blog today that should interest law students interested in antitrust: the AntitrustProf Blog. If I could only find the ErisaPreemptionProf Blog, I'd be set for the rest of the year...]

Now let's talk about the draft. The NYT reports that the Selective Service has developed a contingency plan for drafting medical workers.

The idea of a separate draft for medical workers isn't new. The Health Care Personnel Delivery System was authorized by Congress in 1987 (details here). Unlike the regular draft, it includes both men and women up to the age of 55. Actual implementation of the medical draft will require a separate act of Congress, but reports that the details of the plan are being worked out now suggest that the bureaucrats are already gearing up for action.

The Selective Service and the current administration deny, of course, that any such plan will ever be implemented, but contingency plans are not made for non-existent contingencies. The daily reports of the Army's personnel shortages and the "back-door draft" (the stop-loss policies) already implemented by the Bush administration suggest that some form of draft is a real possibility, regardless of what this President says. (Bush's willingness to mislead the American people is no longer in doubt.)

Medical workers young and old, male and female, might want to read this helpful information now--just to form their own contingency plans.