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President Barack Obama attends a discussion with health care providers during a visit to Children's National Medical Center in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hundreds of thousands (perhaps even millions) of newly insured Americans will be covered starting Jan. 1, 2014, by the health insurance exchange products being peddled as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Some experts believe this influx of new patients will lead to physician shortages in both primary-care and specialty realms — and those shortages could become even more pronounced due to some physicians choosing not to contract with the payers offering coverage through the health insurance exchange.

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