“Predatory Loans”? Medical School
Some times the only way to get peoples’ attention is to go after their money…Yes, YOUR money. Just imagine if all of the Nation’s student loan debt went into default. In 2017 the total
student loan debt reached $1.45 Trillion.
That total exceeds total US
credit debt by $425 Billion. Just
imagine if all 50,000 unmatched doctor graduates over the last 5 years declared
bankruptcy and their student loans went into default. The average medical school debt is $183,000,
but some of the unmatched doctors I have heard from have debts of $350,000,
$400,000, and more. That is a lot of
student debt coming out of our tax dollars in the event of default. US
Because our Nation has broken its “Social Contract” with unmatched doctor graduates, they cannot obtain the work necessary to repay millions of dollars in student loans. They cannot obtain a license to practice Medicine in the
without a required US
medical residency. This residency
shortage began when the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 capped the number of funded
residency slots. Now the number of fully
qualified medical graduates exceeds the number of residency slots
available. Without a residency these
unmatched doctors cannot practice Medicine. US
Currently, I am asking a lawyer in my city to consider the feasibility of a class action lawsuit against the Federal Government on behalf of the unmatched doctor graduates. Although I am not a lawyer, here is how my thinking goes.
division of Medical Education has created a list of requirements for medical
licensure in the US . At the same time, another division of the US
government, Health/Medicare, has cut the spending necessary to complete the
final step required to obtain a medical license, namely, completion of a US
medical residency. Two US
departments are working in opposition to one another. This is to the detriment of its citizens, who
have followed a prescribed regimen of study, only to reach a dead end when it
comes to completing the last requirement for licensure. Would this be considered “Bait and
Switch”? You get the idea… US
Recently, an L.A. Times editorial talked about predatory loans. It defined “predatory lending” as loans “with no way to repay their original loans other than to obtain further ones”. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will require payday and auto title lenders “to do the sort of thing banks and credit unions already do: Before extending a loan, they’ll have to determine whether the borrower can repay it”. The last sentence of the editorial says, “the issue here isn’t access to credit. It’s protection from predatory lending”.
If a medical graduate cannot repay student debt because of a government whose right hand does not know what the left hand is doing, I would accuse the US Government of “predatory lending”!