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Why Your Doctor Secretly Hates Obamacare
Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2012 | Katie Kieffer

Posted on 04/30/2012 4:16:33 AM PDT by Kaslin

Your doctor won’t tell you this when you’re sitting in his office, so I will: He hates Obamacare. It’s 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 organization’s support for President Obama’s 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 Rand’s 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 everything—except 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 it—and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

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 man’s life-long passion; his hard-won goal; his lifestyle—do 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, America’s 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 it’s 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, it’s not insurance, it’s 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 “JurassicParkCare”—doctors go extinct and their patients go untreated while your buddies in Hollywood cheer.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: healthcare; obamacare

1 posted on 04/30/2012 4:16:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

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.


2 posted on 04/30/2012 4:41:23 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Kaslin

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.


3 posted on 04/30/2012 4:41:26 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: Kaslin

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.)


4 posted on 04/30/2012 4:44:05 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Kaslin

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.


5 posted on 04/30/2012 4:47:23 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
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To: Kaslin
My doctor doesn't secretly hate Obamacare. He quit.

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!

6 posted on 04/30/2012 4:47:35 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Kaslin
Funny, neither one of our family doctors (pediatrician and GP) has kept it a secret; in fact neither plan to be indentured servants to the ignorant Socialist a$$ clown.
7 posted on 04/30/2012 4:48:52 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Graybeard58

I would have too.


8 posted on 04/30/2012 4:49:34 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG; Kaslin; hal ogen

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.


9 posted on 04/30/2012 4:51:54 AM PDT by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Hold R's to promises, don't watch O keep his.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Investors Business Daily had predicted 2 years ago that 40 percent of doctors would quit


10 posted on 04/30/2012 4:54:24 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

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.


11 posted on 04/30/2012 4:56:20 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think it’s a secret.


12 posted on 04/30/2012 4:56:38 AM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think it’s much of a secret. Only Obamacare backers could say that except denial would be a more descriptive term.


13 posted on 04/30/2012 5:02:01 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Smokin' Joe
And eventually the those that have quit will be replaced by affirmative actions that do not know, nor wish to learn anything about the practice of medicine. Then, the average of those who live in the United States will take a nosedive. By the time this all comes about,those who voted for obama and the Democrats back as far as 2006 and brought this about will be their patients. It won't be nearly as funny then as it was on the night of November 4, 2008. The only businesses that will be booming will be the undertakers, the crematories, and the cemeteries.
14 posted on 04/30/2012 5:06:03 AM PDT by sport
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To: Kaslin

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.


15 posted on 04/30/2012 5:07:46 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Kaslin
"Your doctor won’t tell you this when you’re sitting in his office"

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!

16 posted on 04/30/2012 5:10:08 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Kaslin

Because of the AMA’s support of Obama care...their membership numbers are declining. All the doc’s I know are against Obama care.


17 posted on 04/30/2012 5:16:57 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: muir_redwoods

None of my doctors make it a secret either!


18 posted on 04/30/2012 5:33:12 AM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: Kaslin

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.


19 posted on 04/30/2012 5:34:58 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Kaslin

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


20 posted on 04/30/2012 5:38:28 AM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Kaslin
Secretly Hates Obamacare
My son has two brothers-in-law, both doctors and both Conservative.
One of them spent a year "doctoring" in Canada and said the H/C system was worse than even he expected.
Believe me, there are NO secrets about their feelings for anything to do with 0bama.
21 posted on 04/30/2012 5:45:42 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kaslin
y Your Doctor Secretly Hates Obamacare

No secret about it. My doctor will tell you flat out that when it goes fully into effect he is retiring. He is not selling the practice, he is closing it.

And so ends a practice that has been open for over 60 years.

22 posted on 04/30/2012 5:46:21 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: hal ogen

I just got out of the hospital and received excellent care. My doctor had to call in 2 different specialists to work with her to diagnose and cure my problem. It was a lung infection. Under Obamacare I know that treatment would not have happened. It wouldn’t have been cost effective.

People will receive very basic care under doctors and nurses who no longer see patients as human beings but as numbers to be dealt with as cheaply as possible. It will not even be our doctors deciding how much care we need but government panels. It’s sad but true.


23 posted on 04/30/2012 6:14:45 AM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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24 posted on 04/30/2012 6:15:02 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: hal ogen

My wife of more than 30 years is a general surgeon who has been in private practice since 1985. She typically works 12-14 hour days, with call every 5th weekend and rounds every third, plus “time-saving” electronic medical records (previously known as charts) to complete over each weekend. She is tired, and demoralized by Obamacare’s implications for her many Medicare patients who are very fearful they will lose her to Obamacare. And, guess what? They will lose her, and many, many physicians who are in their prime of experience.

We were outraged by Barack Obama talking two summers ago about greedy, overpaid doctors who amputate limbs and remove tonsils needlessly to make more money. Barack Obama and his minions know NOTHING about the sacrifice and hardships that are secondary to being a private practice physician in today’s regulated market.

I am angry - white hot angry - at what Obama has done to our country. Even more, I hold a raging, burning contempt for people who support Obama and his policies. I know it is anti-Christian, but I wish harm to those who would vote for him knowing what he has done to the USA.


25 posted on 04/30/2012 6:16:59 AM PDT by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Kimmers

“The best and the brightest (doctors) used to go into academic medicine.”....

And how do you know this sweeping “fact”? In my experience, and that of my general surgeon spouse, most of the top-tier academic physicians - at least in surgery and the “hand-on” specialties - spend more time on airplanes than in the OR. Too many of them can’t find their rear ends with both hands because they simply aren’t operating daily. Just an observation......


26 posted on 04/30/2012 6:22:05 AM PDT by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Kaslin

It’s no secret between many of my patients and me. I choose the ones I talk to about it a bit carefully, but many of them bring it up from their side. Even libs offer unsolicited worries about where medicine’s going, how long I’ll stay in practice, what will become of them when I take down my shingle.


27 posted on 04/30/2012 6:34:32 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Kaslin
From the morning e-mail, a statement supposedly attributed to Donald Trump:

Let me get this straight . . .
We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't,

which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor,

but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,

written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it,

passed by a Congress that didn't read it but exempted themselves from it,

and signed by a Dumbo President who smokes,

with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes,

for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect,

by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare,

all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,

and financed by a country that's broke!!!!!


'What the hell could possibly go wrong?'

28 posted on 04/30/2012 6:51:18 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: Kaslin

Secretly??? Roflmao! I am friendsvwith all my doctors and everyone tells me their disgust every time I see them.


29 posted on 04/30/2012 6:51:45 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: dagogo redux

“....what will become of them when I take down my shingle.”

I believe my primary doctor was asking himself the same question about all of his patients, perhaps causing him to remain in practice for a few additional years.

My doctor has been retired for about 8 months. He was my doctor for the last 40 years. He delivered both of our children and for the past 10 years, my health issues caused him to see me every 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes more often.

We became friends over the years and I will always miss him. I was fortunate, in that his son became my new doc, but it’s just not the same.

I am certain that many older folks, perhaps with medical issues far more serious than mine, will be devastated to find themselves locked in a cold heartless and unfamiliar doctor-patiant environment.

I suspect that ‘trust’ will be one of the first casualties of state run medical care. For me, trust is a very big part of the doctor-patiant relationship, greatly effecting the desired outcome, thus the patients health.

Thank you for all that you do....

Cheers....


30 posted on 04/30/2012 8:44:34 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: FrankR

There you go again, Frank, painting the sky blue. ;>)

It’s going to get very ugly.


31 posted on 04/30/2012 8:48:43 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Gator113

Nahhh...I ran out of blue paint a long time ago...


32 posted on 04/30/2012 9:41:28 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: Graybeard58

As of today, I’m officially on Medicare (well, actually it was the first of the month), so it’s gonna be weird next time I go to a doc and present that and my Plan F Supplemental cards.


33 posted on 04/30/2012 9:46:05 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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