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Whereas many physicians currently provide medical services to patients who are in the Medicare program, they do not support the health care program being proposed by Obama. Since there are currently many physicians who see both Medicaid and Medicare patients, they would likely say that they support a private (Standard insurance) and public (Medicare and Medicaid) system coexisting, since this is currently the system we have in place. But only 10% of doctors would prefer a single payer public option.
However, the program being proposed by Obama is designed to tax the private sector until it is unsustainable and then we would be left with a single government system preferred by democrats such as Nancy Pelosi. This is even more likely now that they are preventing Insurance companies from denying patients for preexisting conditions, and denying lifetime caps on coverage. Today there was an announcement on Fox news channel about a new Price-Waterhouse-Cooper analysis of insurance premium changes that will occur if this Obama health care plan is passed, there will be a very large premium increase to everyone’s insurance policy totaling over $1000 extra per person annually. Soon, private insurance will no longer be affordable and the government option will be your only plan. Obama’s health care bill is opposed by 65% of doctors and 45% of doctors would consider early retirement or leaving their practice entirely. Nevertheless, the White house continues to use doctors in their political propaganda to sell their tainted health care plan to the public. President Obama continues to distort the truth about physicians’ opinion about his health care reform bill.
"But when you cut through all the noise and all the distractions that are out there, I think what's most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very medical professionals who know the health care system best: the doctors and nurses of America," - President Obama
This statement is basically untrue and is refuted by the poll figures above.
Most people are unaware that the AMA (American Medical Association) does not represent the views of the average doctor. In fact, less than 20% of doctors are members of the AMA. This is a testament to the fact that the AMA does little to advance the causes that doctors care about the most, and therefore gets very little physician support.
"The AMA is not representing patients or doctors anymore," Arizona physician Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet told FOX News. "Eighty-five percent of their revenue comes from non-membership sources. They are in the business of medicine."
Many physicians are against the Health Care Reform Bill. The following is a Fox news report,
"This is war," Dr. George Watson, a Kansas physician and president-elect of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, told FOXNews.com Thursday. "This is a bureaucratic boondoggle to grab control of health care. Everything that has been proposed in the 1,018 page bill will contribute to the ruination of medicine."
People should care that most doctors don’t support the Obama Plan and 72%(of doctors) don’t believe that his plan will improve health care and will be deficit neutral. The reason why they should care is because we have great health care in America, but we can easily destroy it if the Obama health care plan passes. The reason is because of the likely massive exodus of doctors that will occur, and the reduction of highly intelligent students who will choose to become doctors over other professions.
In addition, the politics of corruption are running rampant throughout the Democratic Party. Harry Reid made a sweetheart deal for four states including the state he represents (Nevada). The deal allows them to receive their increase in Medicaid coverage for free. Other states including Florida will be paying for the increase in Nevada’s Medicaid program. This is pure socialism, plain and simple. What will come next, the bailout of California for their inability to manage their own budget? This is not the America that we once knew. States need to pull their own weight and be responsible for their own budget. If funds are not available, then programs need to be trimmed, not paid for by the taxes on other healthy states. Our real estate taxes in Florida will skyrocket once their Health care plan is passed.
Harry Reid is quoted saying;
"Let people come and complain about trying to help Medicaid recipients in Nevada," Reid said.
“Let me repeat,” Reid said, I make absolutely no apologies for helping Michigan, Rhode Island, Oregon and my state of Nevada.”
This is not the Democrat party of the past either. John F. Kennedy once said:
“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. “
Nowadays the Democratic Party more closely resembles the Socialist Party and asks how the government can take care of my free mortgage, my free healthcare, and my unemployment benefits.
This is unsustainable. We have seen the damage that this philosophy has caused in countries such as Russia, and parts of Europe. When we seceded from England we were concerned about excessive taxation and restriction of our freedom. Now we are imposing these constraints on ourselves.
While the nation vexes over Obama’s procrastination regarding additional troops for the war in Afghanistan, the last thing this struggling economy needs is further government spending by an inappropriately expensive health care bill. Unemployment continues to increase, and the passage of a health care reform plan will escalate unemployment further as employers find ways to reduce costs due to the additional taxes imposed on them to pay for the uninsured.
The idea that the health care reform bill will be budget neutral is ridiculous and unlikely. Estimated costs of the plan are over $829 billion. Is this a plan that we can afford considering the recession and the war on terror? Will the American public be OK with the increase in taxation to pay for all of this? Will the net effect be negative on our economy and saddle the future generation with excessive insurmountable debt (tripled in the past year)? I believe so. There is a lot at stake (the health of our health care system, the health of our economy, and the future of a viable system of Capitalism that until recently we took for granted). If these proposed changes go through, and unemployment continues to rise, the democrats will be in for a big surprise at the 2010 elections.
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