Monday, August 17, 2009

Update2: Doctors Against ObamaCare

Twice before, I've documented vocal criticism from real-life doctors against ObamaCare and asked whether similar support exists among other practicing physicians who have no skin in the game. I've decided to make this a running feature until the ObamaCare debate ends (or a panel of "experts" recommends that it not be given anymore taxpayer-funded care).

Today, American Thinker posts another letter from another practicing doctor speaking out against ObamaCare. This time Dr. Weslely Clark (no relation to the General) rebuts every assertion in the President's Sunday New York Times op-ed. Here's a taste:
Mr. President, I just read your op-ed in the New York Times. You must either be incredibly ignorant (e.g., pediatricians performing tonsillectomies, surgeons being paid $50,000 for an amputation), or else you believe that Americans are incredibly stupid.

You justify a hasty and massive healthcare "reform" to save money, by spending an additional trillion dollars. You would fix a "broken" and broke Medicare system by adding another 47 million beneficiaries to government programs while arguing this will reduce overall costs.


We physicians live with our healthcare system, all day and every day. We care about being able to heal. We hate disputing with insurance companies, and especially with government bureaucrats. Certainly changes in insurance practices are needed, and would have occurred long ago, absent a government record of 60 years of meddling with the market.

As you say, "...let's disagree over issues that are real, and not wild misrepresentations" such as those in your op-ed, "that bear no resemblance to anything that anyone has actually proposed."
Oh snap!

So chalk up another actual doctor vocally against ObamaCare. I'm still waiting to see one vocally in favor (and waiting and waiting and waiting and...).

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