On the one hand I’m glad to see the American Medical Association opposing the socialism plans of Obama when it comes to health care, but on the other hand they got what they asked for as Robert Pear notes in his new article today about the opposition from the AMA, a majority of them gave to Democrats last year:
As the health care debate heats up, the American Medical Association is letting Congress know that it will oppose creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan, which President Obama and many other Democrats see as an essential element of legislation to remake the health care system.
The opposition, which comes as Mr. Obama prepares to address the powerful doctors’ group on Monday in Chicago, could be a major hurdle for advocates of a public insurance plan. The A.M.A., with about 250,000 members, is America’s largest physician organization.
While committed to the goal of affordable health insurance for all, the association had said in a general statement of principles that health services should be “provided through private markets, as they are currently.” It is now reacting, for the first time, to specific legislative proposals being drafted by Congress.
They can smell the stink from this mess Obama is getting us into, or wants to get us into anyway. Obama wants a “public health insurance option” which would supposedly compete with private insurance. But everyone knows they will undercut the prices which means most everyone will leave private insurance…on top of that if you do chose to get your own insurance stand by for more taxes. After all that we will have one plan, a government run plan.
Doctors know full well the mess that is Medicare and they don’t want something worse then that. Ed Morrissey:
Many doctors have given up on Medicare altogether, refusing to take any new Medicare-insured patients, because Medicare doesn’t cover the costs of providing their service. Medicare is also a paperwork nightmare, as I can attest from first-hand experience. They often withdraw payments already given to doctors a year or more later over some hiccup in their internal accounting. The headaches of getting reimbursements makes Medicare business unprofitable.
Can you just imagine the bureaucracy that would be created by Obama’s plan? The waste and corruption that would rise from that cesspool would be disgusting not to mention the horrible health care we would receive from then on.
I mean who in their right mind would want to go through all those years of schooling and incurring all that debt to go into an occupation which will no longer compensate you as you should be?