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will 'obamacare' make your doctor quit?
or, did u.s. doctors take the hypocritical oath?
by jeffrey d. walker
4.18.11
news

Reports suggest that between 40% and 45% of our nation's doctors are planning to either quit or downscale their medical practices because of "Obamacare."

Of course, some reports have edged that up to 74%:



I think it's funny that Fox news presented the most liberal interpretation of this story. That's irony.

But despite the reports, I still don't believe it. Seriously? A legislative change is going to make 40% + of a whole workforce voluntarily quit? Few people (doctors included) can really afford to just walk away from from their jobs, mentally and /or financially. Plus, since "Obamacare" was signed into law March 30, 2010, I haven't see a bunch of doctors' offices suddenly for rent.

But though I mock Fox's failing attempt at "fair and balanced" news reporting, I support their negative stories on "Obamacare." I said before the Presidential election in 2008 that John McCain had a superior plan for fixing our nation's health care problems. Sure, in the end, I supported Obama, but not on his health care plan.

And, oh yeah, it's true that McCain had a good plan for health care reform. Let's revisit for a moment my 2008 piece: in the lead up to the election, health care was something both parties took the lead on. McCain had a plan for health care that was high up on his election agenda. That plan was based in large part on Mitt Romney's design; Romney, a fellow Republican seeker of the 2008 Presidential candidacy, who was perhaps singularly responsible for the The Massachusetts health care insurance reform law, enacted in 2006. Sure the plan has it's flaws, but it was (and is) up and running.

Similarly, McCain's health care plan required people to buy their own health insurance, but everyone got a chance to shop around for own policy, and would get a tax credit for doing so. On the flip side, failing to have insurance resulted in a penalty on your income tax.

Obama's plan (as my 2008 piece pointed out), instead created a large and admittedly expensive bureaucracy, while giving no choice or control to the taxpayers themselves.

Put more plainly, McCain's plan would have offered people the opportunity for self-control over their coverage, while (and this time with the irony I'm not laughing at), Obama's plan is more like an oppressive old white man, all up in your business and making choices for you. Obamacare sucked in its planning, and after getting squeezed through the sausage of legislature, it sucks now more than ever.

Only, what is the Republican party doing about it? Stonewalling. Most recent act: A House vote to prevent the health care bill's funding.

Yawn. How many times have Democrats unsuccessfully sought to de-fund one of our military offensives? None.

The need for "Change" in our health care coverage was in place long before Obama started campaigning for President. And the Republicans now trying to simply "stop" that momentum is foolish. Momentum isn't stopped; it can only be diverted.

Which is why, doom-and-gloom scenarios like "all our doctors are going to quit" need to be dispensed with. The fact is, a better health care plan model exists, and is working - in Massachusetts. The GOP needs to talk about a better plan, not simply stopping the old one.

Wait, doesn't that seem like a familiar strategy? Hmmm - check the GOP website: Though they promised to "repeal and replace" the health care bill, they've only gotten as far as a House resolution repealing the bill (only 1/2 of the equation, you'll need the Senate, too). But despite this half-success, the GOP has updated their progress on this matter to: a Promise Kept.


ABOUT JEFFREY D. WALKER

A practicing attorney and semi-professional musician, Walker writes for his own amusement, for the sake of opinion, to garner a couple of laughs, and to perhaps provoke a question or two, but otherwise, he doesn't think it'll amount to much.

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