When I began writing about the menace of increased federal involvement in our medical delivery system, I was surprised to discover that some doctors actually supported it. These misguided medicos represented only a small minority of practicing physicians, and most were profoundly ignorant about health care economics, but the “M.D.” following their names provided them with a façade of credibility. A number of these people took advantage of their illusory expertise in health care policy to launch blogs which they used to promote their notions of “health reform” and extol the virtues of government-run health care in general.
My family physician runs a blended practice, part insurance and part concierge. He takes no Medicare or Medicaid patients. He had figured out how many patients he needs to run his practice as he sees fit, and has a waiting list. It has to be wonderful in today´s world of medicine to have that control.
Excellent article - should be a Must Read. Love the description "pimp" to describe those doctors who helped Zippy "sell" the abomination of Obamacare to the low information voters and the future elderly.
I don´t feel sorry for Shadowfax, but I do feel sorry for his/her patients. If those same "pimp" doctors who suddenly have awakened to reality employed the same effort to defund, repeal, and reverse Obamacare, maybe they could redeem themselves and save a lot of their current patients and future patients.
This makes me laugh. The feds took a cue from the NY state sales tax auditors(legal Gestapo) who also employ sampling techniques and extrapolations divorced from objectively supportible reality. Hey doc-how you like me now??
After 12 plus years of college/schooling I am sure many of these physicians believe they are God and have all the answers. I am sure they will be a bit delusional when they find out that the Federal government/obama is actually god and not them.
I am embarrassed to say that my son is one of those doctors who thinks Obamacare is a fabulous idea. Of course, he also lives in California. I often wonder just when reality is gonna strike him. Good luck I say. I expect there will be much moaning and gnashing of teeth.
Doctors come in all stripes. Che Guevara was one, I believe. When my niece was in med school a few years back, it was considered gauche to mention money in the pursuit of a medical career. It was all about respect for patients and doing good in the world. Several of her classmates supported O-care openly, and the ones who did not just kept to their studies since being outspokenly against O-care smacked of self-interested money-grubbing disguised as concern for the future of patient care. The narrative that O shamelessly put forth when he talked about doctors cutting off feet and tonsils to make more money has intimidated most doctors into politically correct silence. While we were all sleeping, the germ of socialism was slowly infecting every aspect of our society. When those like Shadowfax fully awake, it will already be too late.
Doctors and hospitals do upcode and perform unnecessary procedures. And many doctors and insurance companies do support government run healthcare. What is better than having a law that says everyone has to have insurance to pay doctors and hospitals, they ask?
All Medicare patients are going to be hurt bad in all this medical fiasco. First Obama took $500 BILLION out of Medicare and put it into Obamacare. That is obviously going to cut some services. Secondly Doctors compensation is being reduced. This will cause many doctors to either retire or stop taking any medicare patients. I see on the copies of Bills what my Doctor charges and what Medicare pay him instead. It is less than half of his normal charge.
I´m in a small town and my Doctor said he is concerned as 2/3´s of his patients are medicare patients. There are not enough rich people here to offset the costs whether they pay cash or their own insurance. It will most likely be the demise of all Doctors in this County or perhaps State.
#14 - I disagree. It won´t be too late. Just as the tax-the-rich liberals woke up to an ugly reality with the recent tax deal, Osamacare just might cure a lot of sheltered liberals of Socialism. Plus, the math alone will kill Osamacare.
I followed the link from the article to Shadowfax´s blog and posted the question asking him if he has changed his mind about Osamacare. I suggest going there and reading the comments - sounded like most comments were posted by Ldotters!
My primary care physician retired early. Saw obama care for what it is. There is going to be a significant doctor shortage in the Country very soon. But it will not last long. As part of a stimulus program, obama is promoting on-line medical schools. His favorite is from the Nigerian Skool of Dokters. Not sure, but rumor has it his cousin is running it.
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With all the many lies and obfuscations perpetrated by this White House the one about whether the president knew or had met his “Uncle Omar” was a relatively minor one. Still it speaks volumes about how this administration — which obsesses in public about “transparency” — really operates. Onyango Obama had been living in Massachusetts illegally since the 1970s (a judge granted him legal resident status just last week). When he was arrested in 2011 for DUI and told police “I think I will call the White House,” media outlets asked the White House if the two men had ever met.
I owe Mitt Romney an apology. During the 2012 Republican presidential primary season, I repeatedly criticized Romney — and personally challenged him during his editorial board meeting with the Washington Examiner — for promising that if elected, on day one of his presidency, he would grant Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. As I reported, under the text of the law, the ability to offer waivers to states was subject to many restrictions and wouldn’t even be an option until 2017, four years after his hypothetical swearing in. Though I still believe I was right about what the statute said,
One interesting, but not always precisely reliable, measure of partisan preference is what pollsters call the generic vote -- which party´s candidates people would vote for in elections to the House of Representatives. Over the past two decades, responses have tended to underpredict Republicans´ performance in subsequent elections, though that was the case more in 1992-2002 than recently. The last two months have seen sharp shifts in the generic vote, as National Journal´s Charlie Cook notes, with Democrats peaking during the government shutdown in the first half of October and then a sharp swing to Republicans after the spotlight shifted
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Say goodbye to the 60-watt incandescent bulb. This year manufacturers started phasing out 100w and 75w bulbs. On January 1 it will become illegal to import or manufacture traditional 60w and 40w bulbs too. Time to stock up? Not so fast. First, check out Cree’s energy-sipping new 75-watt replacement bulb. I used to be outraged over the federal government’s draconian moves to outlaw traditional lightbulbs. For 100 years we’ve lived and thrived under the warm glow of incandescent lightbulbs. Aside from the fact that 90% of the electricity used by the bulbs is radiated in the form of heat rather than