There’s been some back and forth in the comments section of Medicare’s Overhead about what doctors think of the healthcare reforms bills now before congress. It started when I said that I didn’t think many practicing physicians favored any of these proposals. A new poll commissioned by Investors Business Daily says that two thirds of doctors oppose this legislation and that 45% would consider quitting if it passed.
It’s not hard to find a poll that supports your preconceived notion of anything important, but I still think it unlikely that most doctors would support the kind of “reform” that may be forced on them and their patients. An interesting finding is that More than seven in 10 doctors, or 71% — the most lopsided response in the poll — answered “no” when asked if they believed “the government can cover 47 million more people and that it will cost less money and the quality of care will be better.” The other 29% must have flunked math – a subject that has always bedeviled physicians.
Americans should oppose HR 3200, if for only 3 reasons:
1) Congress is exempt from its provisions.
2) The public “option” is a myth. How many people over 65 have private insurance?
3) If healthcare reform is such an emergency, why don’t the provisions of HR 3200 go into effect until 2013?
As a total cynic, I believe health care reform (??) is merely a governmental ploy for more power. If this reform were so great, as you say, how come congress is exempt??
Some pigs are more equal that others…….. a few more left turns in our government and our care will be totally by political whim. I heard a Canadian commentator say only politicians and hockey players have good health care there……..
I believe this health care “safety net” will end up strangling many of us. Some doctors too.