We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I posted on the AMA's initial support of the Dem bill in the House, last week. I cannot imagine how a doc could support that thing if they care about their patients, their practices, and the huge advances American medicine has produced for the world over the past two generations. Not to mention the freedom factor which, for me, is right up there with high quality medicine in importance. Come to think of it, I hold freedom higher.
As I read it, the Dem's bill is a five-ten year plan to get the entire population on the government plan, which combines aspects of HMOs and of Medicaid - and to make docs essentially government agents. Treatments will need to be government-approved, and the whole thing will be cost-driven. (If you thought dealing with your HMO was bad, try dealing with 111 government agencies.) Furthermore, it contains the seeds (mainly punitive taxes) of destruction of medical innovation. Betsy McCaughey has some of the insidious details.
Support for Pelosi's reform bill is by no means unanimous in the medical community. On Friday, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) announced their opposition to the House bill.
“Overall," CNS President Dr. Gerald E. Rodts stated, in announcing the organization's opposition, "we believe this legislation will ultimately limit patient choice by putting the government between the doctor and the patient, which will interfere with vital patient care decisions. As it stands, this House bill could amount to a complete government takeover of healthcare.”
That's true. It will. The bill is cleverly back-loaded so that some of the positive things (like coverage of preexisting conditions) go into effect immediately, but the things people will hate go into effect after the next pres election. The Lefty Dems have always been long-distance runners on the road to Socialism and government control and planning. ("The deep swimmers of the Left," as I recall, was David Horowitz's term for it. I suspect that is what Obama and his team are.)
The hubris is astonishing. They want all of us working on their plantation - and they seem to believe that they are smarter than we, the people. Which they are definitely not.
As I have been saying, government is the most worrisome, powerful and dangerous special interest group in the country. In the end, all that we Conservatives have to offer voters is liberty. Many voters prefer their bowl of lentils (photo). It is a shame.
Update: AMA wimps out. Those docs sold their souls - and their patients' well-being - in exchange for protection of their paltry Medicare reimbursements. Pathetic.
The AMA makes 70 million/year on CPT codes; That's why, in addition to whatever other bribed and threats the Fascist Dems used (or Marxists, or whatever form of totalitarian one wants to call them; there are elements of each in their program to rule over us peons), e.g. taking away that monopoly, the AMA surrendered. It's all "cui bono?", who benefits, the entire damn bill. It's all about theft on a scale that's unimaginable. And control. A mafioso's wet dream.
I'm a physician and I DESPISE the AMA beyond words. They represent, supposedly, all of 17% of us, but I don't know a single doc who belongs to it. Of course, that means nothing, but the 17% IS the quoted statistic, and I"m sure it will go down further with time. But why would the AMA care when they make most of their money with the codes?
Some of the Top AMA folks know of the purposeful depletion of the citizens of the Earth.
The pharma boys are healed and whole.
Therew is a process that has extinguished many many lives and caused suffering on this planet that some genetic/soul factions never go to a doctor/psychiatrist as they are involved,either minimally,not at all or completelly. We have been set upon for retribution,and only old Doctors like myself can still speak to the process without depleting,although I take severe process daily with children slaughtered,I still speak.
When and if you ever have the sense to understand the process here,you may have some ability to extract yourself,but you have not even considered that ,have you.
Dr.Thomas W. Hughes