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Doctors are sick of Obamacare

posted at 6:39 am on October 3, 2012 by

Well, Obama can surely not count on doctors to back him in his re-election bid. Huffington Post’s Harry Bradford posted on October 2 that:

More than half of physicians say they’ll vote for Mitt Romney come November 6th compared to just 36 percent for Obama, according to a recent survey by medical staffing firm Jackson and Cokey. In fact, 15 percent of survey respondents said they’ll be switching to the Republican camp this election, with most citing the Affordable Care Act as the reason.

The majority of the 3,660 doctors polled in the survey said they also are in favor of repealing and replacing Obama’s signature piece of legislation because it failed to address tort reform, an issue relating regulations surrounding malpractice lawsuits.

It’s not just doctors that aren’t pleased with Obamacare, however. Other critics include the food service industry, which fears the law may adversely affect restaurants’ ability to maintain slim profit margins since it requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide affordable health insurance. In August, Papa John’s pizza CEO John Schnatter said that at least some of those extra costs would be passed on to the customer.

Furthermore, Betsi Fores at Daily Caller also wrote on October 1 that “if the election were held today, 55 percent of physicians reported they would vote for Romney while just 36 percent support Obama…fifteen percent of respondents said they were switching their vote from Obama in 2008 to Romney in 2012. The top reasons cited for this change was the Affordable Care Act and the failure to address tort reform.”  Jackson and Cokey is a subsidiary of Jackson Healthcare, which is the third largest health care staffing company in the United States.

As The Economist noted in February of this year, “every hour spent treating a patient in America creates at least 30 minutes of paperwork, and often a whole hour. Next year the number of federally mandated categories of illness and injury for which hospitals may claim reimbursement will rise from 18,000 to 140,000. There are nine codes relating to injuries caused by parrots, and three relating to burns from flaming water-skis.”  If I were a doctor – I wouldn’t want my kid entering this profession either.

It seems that is also the growing consensus in the medical community.   Dr. Marc Siegel wrote on Fox News on October 1 that physicians are becoming incrementally pessimistic about the future of medicine in this country.  He reported that in “a new on-line survey by the non-profit The Physicians Foundation, one of the largest doctors surveys ever performed, confirms that over two thirds of physicians are pessimistic about the future of medicine, over 84 percent feel that our profession is in decline, and a majority would not recommend it as a career for their children. (The survey was sent to over 600,000 doctors and over 14,000 responded).”

He also alluded to the fact that doctors are “underpaid, ill-equipped, and overburdened.”  To put it simply, they’re unprepared for the federally mandated expansion Obamacare will bring to American medicine.  Furthermore, they;re struggling to care for the patients they have at the present time.

Concerning the amount of paperwork doctors file, as alluded in The Economist, it’s no wonder that they “are exhausted.”   Siegel stated that “we [doctors] simple can’t handle all the paperwork or the growing list of medical problems presented to us by the chronically ill. This loss of man hours comes at a time when ObamaCare is expanding the entitlement and we are already faced with a physician shortage which will reach 160,000 by 2025, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. This patient expansion is taking place while we, doctors, are contracting — it is a perfect storm.”

In all, this bill – which will soon represent the largest tax hike in American history – has disillusioned doctors and almost half the country.  As President Obama goes cross-country slamming Romney for his 47% remarks, he should keep in mind that he’s already written off half of the nation’s concerns concerning this unconstitutional and intrusive piece of legislation.


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we are already faced with a physician shortage which will reach 160,000 by 2025, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. This patient expansion is taking place while we, doctors, are contracting — it is a perfect storm.”

We’ll have to do what the UK (and other Euros) have done: create incentives and import doctors. No big deal, right?

The problem is that medical schools and training differ from country to country. Common sense tells us that doctors we will be forced to import and rely on will be from “third world”-ish countries.

Further, an increasing amount of physician duties will have to be taken on by nurses and other staff.

It didn’t need to turn out this way. Free market-type reforms (the opposite of ObamaCare) is the only rational solution at this point.

visions on October 3, 2012 at 6:55 AM

OR they could do the other thing the UK National Health Service is doing

keithofboston on October 3, 2012 at 7:24 AM

I’m sure Pope Jugears can still count on Dr. Ponytail Labcoat’s vote.

SagebrushPuppet on October 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM

No, there won’t be any future problems. Preezy Obama has handled the demand side and gummint will help make sure you get everything you want. Heck, Biden even promised that you oould have a free colonoscopy anytime you “feel like” you need one, doctors be damned. So, of course, supply will just magically appear out of the unicorn farts…
Actually, I do believe this Obamacare thing is designed to fail, forcing us into single payer (government controlled) socialized health care.

DublOh7 on October 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM

I was in a discussion this summer about ObamaCare and I asked: “Okay, imagine that we could wave a magic wand and tomorrow we would have twice as many doctors, twice as many heart surgeons, twice as many hospitals, twice as many clinics, twice as many pharmaceutical companies and so forth. What would that do to access to health care in this country and what would that do to the price of health care?”

Everyone agreed that access would increase and price would go down. Simple economics.

However, ObamaCare is going to lead to greater scarcity of all of those things. So how is that going to help the health care industry?

PackerBronco on October 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

concerning this unconstitutional and intrusive piece of legislation.

Pretty sure that Bush’s uber conservative Chief Justice Roberts said it was constitutional…

When do we finally decide it is time to have accountability in the Supreme Court?

Time to start promoting a states’ rights Amendment. At the minimum the states should be allowed to reject federal judges with an up or down vote once per year.

astonerii on October 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Time to start promoting a states’ rights Amendment. At the minimum the states should be allowed to reject federal judges with an up or down vote once per year.

astonerii on October 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Screw the amendment process. It won’t work when a nation of cowards doesn’t want to bother with the trouble. State legislatures should start nullification proceedings — NOW.

gryphon202 on October 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM

This article below describes what I knew would likely happen… Doctors are going to stop taking insurance. Not all, but some, the article estimates 7%.

The future will be cash and concierge practices to enjoy the care many of us do now with private insurance. Everyone else will have a take-a-number medicaid experience. Thank you President Obama.

I have never been happier with my decision several years ago to choose plastic surgery as my specialty. I will not be taking medicare or any private insurance and will spend those extra several hours of paperwork seeing my patients and living my life. Medical students with the highest grades now clamor for training spots in plastic surgery or dermatology.

The profession is in decline, but there will be doctors providing excellent third-party free care. The market for concierge care will open up. Doctors still taking private insurance will struggle to keep up. There will be long waits for short appointments.

Get your appointment for six weeks from now to see a nurse. After all, “healthcare is a right.”

equitare on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

One serious problem with reelecting Obama is that Obamacare will be fully implemented, and once implemented, will never be repealed. The only way to control costs will be to neuter it; make it so difficult to get care that people who can, turn to the private sector as they do everywhere that national health care exists. We will have a very expensive, very poor system of delivering care to the average person which everyone will pay for while the rich go to concierge doctors and hospitals themselves. There will be the public healthcare system and the private one much like public and private universities. The difference is that public healthcare spending will crowd out almost everything else.

[email protected] on October 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

The future certainly does look bleak, I for one am so proud of my Rheumatologist for fighting against going electronic.

My FPP has complied, and now my medical records are in the hands of the govt also, there is no patient Dr confidentiality any more.

Some moron in a suit, will no doubt tell my Dr what she can or cannot provide for me…

I hope and pray we do not go the way of the UK, it is terrible to think what they are doing there now.

Hospitals will now be fined for seeing a medicaid patient more than once in a 30 day period…

We do need this repealed as soon as possible.

I agree with all Dr’s who do not want this debacle… neither do I!

I can only hope and pray that Romney becomes our new President, but boy oh boy does he ever have his hands full undoing the damage that the Louse in the House has created.

Scrumpy on October 3, 2012 at 1:14 PM

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