Back in 1998, Andrew Cuomo sent this country careening down an economic embankment when he sued Accubanc for not making enough bad loans. He punished a bank for not losing enough money and demanded that they engage in practices which were doomed to failure. Barack Obama has plans to force doctors into a similar situation.
Barack Obama is dispatching his secret police to check up on the availability of primary care doctors. They’re called “Mystery Shoppers.”
WASHINGTON — Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.
The administration says the survey will address a “critical public policy problem”: the increasing shortage of primary care doctors, including specialists in internal medicine and family practice. It will also try to discover whether doctors are accepting patients with private insurance while turning away those in government health programs that pay lower reimbursement rates.
Got that? They’re trolling for a reason.
According to government documents obtained from Obama administration officials, the mystery shoppers will call medical practices and ask if doctors are accepting new patients and, if so, how long the wait would be. The government is eager to know whether doctors give different answers to callers depending on whether they have public insurance, like Medicaid, or private insurance, like Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
And why would they need to know that?
In a recent study, the Massachusetts Medical Society found that 53 percent of family physicians and 51 percent of internal medicine physicians were not accepting new patients. When new patients could get appointments, they faced long waits, averaging 36 days to see family doctors and 48 days for internists.
And why wouldn’t a doctor want to treat Medicare or Medicaid patients? Could it be because democrats tried to scalp doctors fees by 25%?
And Obama is laying out a trap:
Eleven percent of the doctors will be called a third time. The callers will identify themselves as calling “on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.” They will ask whether the doctors accept private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, and whether they take “self-pay patients.” The study will note any discrepancies between those answers and the ones given to mystery shoppers.
This fraud will be protected:
To make sure they are not detected, secret shoppers will hide their telephone numbers by blocking caller ID information.
The point of this charade is clear. Obama will be taking names and there will be punishment- the Cuomo Treatment- a deal you can’t refuse. Doctors will likely be sued by the Obama administration for not taking enough money-losing cases, and/or holding one’s professional license hostage or get a visit from the IRS. The press will say that the outcome was “unexpected.”
Call it “Medical Conscription.”