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How Obamacare will hurt doctors
New York Daily News, by Marc Siegel

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Posted By:garnet, 1/16/2014 8:17:43 AM

A study just published in the prestigious journal Science reveals that new Medicaid patients in Oregon were 40% more likely to use the emergency room than the uninsured were. This finding is not a surprise to me or most physicians — we have known that truth for years. But it does undermine one of the basic philosophical and practical underpinnings of Obamacare: the notion that expanding insurance will invariably unclog ERs, improve primary and preventive care, prevent diseases and lower costs. The study underlines the findings of a prior survey by the PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting firm that indicated that Medicaid patients are 35%

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jlw509, 1/16/2014 8:43:34 AM     (No. 9694128)

I have rheumatoid arthritis. Thanks to ZeroCare, my policy was canceled, and what I was offered as a replacement had double the premium, triple the deductible, and my rheumatologist was not in network. And BTW, none --- none -- of the rheumatologists in my mid-size city of 50,000 are taking new patients.

So, for the first time in our 25-year marriage, my husband and I are without insurance. We couldn´t afford to pay the sky-high premium AND continue to pay out of pocket for my meds and office visits. Now, we´ll pay cash. When we can.

Multiply this by a couple million American citizens like us, and you´re beginning to get the picture.

We´re a Third World country now. What an unmitigated disaster.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/16/2014 8:58:29 AM     (No. 9694145)

So, you are just now figuring out that OBamacare will hurt doctors?

Doctor´s incomes are going to fall dramatically as they eat huge unpaid ´copays´ and treat patients that they lose money on. Many doctors will lose large segments of high paying patients and gain larger segments of marginal patients.

When Medical Practices and Hospitals start going bankrupt - it will be like the Mortgage Bubble Meltdown - only with Dead People.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/16/2014 9:22:12 AM     (No. 9694186)

We can´t have medical doctors, and especially highly trained specialists making money treating patients, can we? That would be so, I dunno, unfair.

I mean, why should a medical professional with years (sometimes a decade worth) of education and training make money.

(heavy sarc)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/16/2014 9:30:36 AM     (No. 9694202)

You went to school for an extra how many years, worked crazy hours during your residency and now want to be compensated because you are highly specialized? Tough

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Reply 5 - Posted by: grampus, 1/16/2014 10:01:36 AM     (No. 9694249)

Let´s hope there is s solution to #1´s problem waiting somewhere in the wings. Many, many more similar sad stories will arise when employer-paid (partial) policies are declared sub-standard in the near future. (I´m in that group and my family members have complicated medical issues.)

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Reply 6 - Posted by: grambo, 1/16/2014 10:02:52 AM     (No. 9694251)

And add to all this, your medical records, formerly in a file locked in your doctor´s office, are now in a database to be perused by Obama and Axelrod.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 1/16/2014 10:09:34 AM     (No. 9694259)

So sorry #1. When Obama hired 16,000 new IRS agents and had no push for more doctors his message was that this is not about healthcare. Controlling the people, death panels and redistribution of the wealth here we come.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: PAdiva, 1/16/2014 10:57:18 AM     (No. 9694320)

I don´t understand: the gov´t will decide the treatment but the doctors still have to have ALL that malpractice insurance.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: octrojan, 1/16/2014 11:38:17 AM     (No. 9694382)

And the AMA pushed for this law. Karma...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/16/2014 8:04:16 PM     (No. 9694982)

The worst part is We are alone. Don´t count on the people We elected to represent US, to do anything; after all they passed this atrocity without reading it.



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