Skip to comments.Why Your Doctor Secretly Hates Obamacare
Posted on 04/30/2012 4:16:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
Your doctor wont tell you this when youre sitting in his office, so I will: He hates Obamacare. Its time you know why your doctor is concerned about Obamacare.
Doctors already live in constant fear of malpractice lawsuits. The last thing they want to do is stick their necks out and publicly attack Obamacare. Doctors also do not have an effective D.C. lobby group or public advocate.
A 2011 survey by Jackson and Coker reports that most doctors believe the mega-lobbyist group, American Medical Association (AMA), fails to represent docters interests on Capitol Hill. Forbes reports: Much of that dissatisfaction stems from the organizations support for President Obamas contentious health care reform package. [The AMA] has backed a law that would force some physicians to work longer hours for less pay and others to operate in perpetually overcrowded emergency rooms.
Doctors question how the AMA can represent them in D.C. while cutting back-door deals with the government. Doctors have been effectively forced to fund the AMA by purchasing Medicare and Medicaid billing code books. Dr. Jane Orient, a privately practicing doctor in Arizona, blew the whistle when she discovered that, beginning in 1998, the Health Care Financing Administration gave: the AMA the exclusive copyright on the codes reports The New American.
Since the AMA does not speak up for doctors, I will try to be a voice for doctors. Here are two primary reasons why your doctor hates Obamacare:
1.) Doctors Need Ownership
Dagny Taggart is the heroine of Ayn Rands novel, Atlas Shrugged. At one point, Dagny asks a renowned medical doctor named Dr. Hendricks why he left the medical practice. He says: I quit when medicine was placed under State control Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquiring that skill [performing brain surgery]? I would not let them [politicians] dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everythingexcept the desires of the doctors. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in their operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man whose life they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of man who resents itand still less safe, if he is the sort who doesnt.
Obamacare removes ownership from the medical field. An individual doctor no longer owns his education, career or even day-to-day lifestyle choices. Under Obamacare, he goes from feeling a sense of caring ownership for his patients and his craft to feeling over-worked, under-paid and micro-managed.
Obamacare effectively steals from doctors by confiscating the skills, energy and time they have devoted to medicine. When you steal a mans life-long passion; his hard-won goal; his lifestyledo not expect him to be happy or to maintain his conscientious passion for practicing medicine.
2.) Doctors Need Motivation and Compensation
A better name for Obamacare is the 16.7 Percent Paycut, because that is what it means for doctors. In order to save Medicare, Obamacare asks doctors to take a 16.7 percent paycut. And, guess what? Patients will suffer, not just doctors. Patients will suffer because smart and caring young men and women will forfeit their dreams of entering the medical profession and choose alternate careers that promise less stress and higher pay.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to visit my brother at his medical school and meet some of the other medical students. They were intelligent and hard-working individuals who clearly cared about helping people. I did not get the sense that money was their primary motivation in becoming doctors.
Indeed, 60 percent of doctors are concerned that Obamacare will diminish their ability to care for patients, finds a Feb. 29, 2012 survey completed by The Doctors Company Market Research, Americas largest surgeon and physician medical liability insurer.
Money simply allows smart young Americans, like my brother and his peers, to justify spending an additional four-to-ten years after college holed up in a library just to graduate with $160,000 in debt (the median debt load for medical school grads according to a 2010 Mayo Clinic study).
There are 70 million baby-boomers out there who will be looking for geriatricians soon. But there is only one geriatrician for every 2,600 Americans over the age of 75, according to the American Geriatrics Society. Why is this? Money. Geriatricians made a median salary of $183,523 in 2010, reports the Medical Group Management Association. America desperately needs more geriatricians, but young doctors are choosing to specialize in other areas because they can earn two-to-three times more.
Money is a suitable incentive, especially when you are asking people to give up their youth studying while amassing debt. But Obamacare removes the practical profit motive of capitalism and replaces it with the idealistic poverty motive of socialism.
A Better Way
I think trying to save something that is hopelessly broken, like Medicare, is a mistake. Ultimately, I think its a choice between complete government control over limited medical care resources or a more freedom-based system where prices are lower because competition exists and health insurance is actually insurance (now, insurance covers basic, common care which is ridiculous and causes overall healthcare costs to rise). Insurance should only be involved in major medical care; otherwise, its not insurance, its maintenance.
When it comes to medicine, you get what you pay for. As patients, I think we should be willing to pay a little more in exchange for the highest quality of care. Sorry, President Obama, but your plan is JurassicParkCaredoctors go extinct and their patients go untreated while your buddies in Hollywood cheer.
I just retired last week earlier than I thought I would ten years ago. I have many doctor friends and acquaintances who have done the same (retired early) with ongoing evolution toward nobamacare. It is easier and retains your integrity to retire, watch over your investments and watch the sun set...rather than buckle under to the government control nobamacare entails. nobamacare = stay healthy or die. Good luck everyone.
I have two doctors, a GP and a dermatologist (all old redheads need a dermatologist) and neither one keeps their thinking about obamacare a secret. I haven’t kept my views a secret either.
If your doctor doesn’t hate Obamacare...you’re putting your health in the hands of a moron.
(At least you’re not gambling with something important.)
My family doctor at the time of the election told me he was voting for Obama. I switched doctors, I didn’t want anybody that damn dumb taking care of my family.
The next doctor (same clinic) I had moved my chart to also quit.
The area has expanded so fast with the oil boom, the clinics aren't accepting new patients.
So, thanks to Barry's wonderful universal health care, I have no doctor.
May the fleas of a thousand camels infest his armpits!
I would have too.
I’d go farther than to assume your doctor who likes Obamacare is a moron. If he loves Obamacare, ask how he feels about the other Obama financial policies and the social policies - like euthanasia.
Investors Business Daily had predicted 2 years ago that 40 percent of doctors would quit
My doctor hates Obamacare; he told me so.
The doctor that I’d been going to for about 15 years stopped practing medicine last year and I needed to find a new physician fto be my “Primary Care Physician”. Reason: Besides practicing medicine himself, he’d built his practice up over many years and now owned 26 clinics. Obamacare says if you own a hospital, and for some reason his 26 clinics qualified, then you can’t practice medicine in your own hospital, because it’s a conflict of interest.
I don’t think it’s a secret.
I don’t think it’s much of a secret. Only Obamacare backers could say that except denial would be a more descriptive term.
Nothing secret about it. In fact, it’s the best tool for convincing liberals Oldbumcare is bad—just tell them to ask their doctor what they think about it. All my doctors (the ones who are still in business) hate it, and are becoming noticeably more irritable.
Really? That's about all I hear! On occasion, he manages to squeeze in a few words of advice about the problem that brought me to his office!
Because of the AMA’s support of Obama care...their membership numbers are declining. All the doc’s I know are against Obama care.
None of my doctors make it a secret either!
In countries where medicine is fully nationalized, such as UK, doctors are obviously just highly educated civil servants.
As such, their compensation is determined not by their medical or business skills, or by how hard they work, it’s determined by politics.
In UK a few years back, doctors won a major pay increase, but this only prompted other civil servants to complain about the unfairness.
AFAIK, US is the only country where a medical degree is assumed to be a ticket to wealth. It is perhaps significant that even here this is a relatively recent phenomenon.
The best and the brightest (doctors) used to go into academic medicine.
They wanted to pass on their knowledge to the students, enjoyed teaching and also the challenges of working in teaching hospitals.
Teaching hospitals is the place the very sickest go because that is where the very best were located....not so true any more
The best and brightest either retired or moved to private practice.... we can only guess the trickle down effects this has on our current and future health care