The number of doctors opposed to this train wreck is growing.
As…Obama pushes for passage of his first major domestic policy change, some physicians are waging an all-out war against a health care reform bill they say amounts to nothing more than socialized medicine.
America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 would create a public health insurance alternative and require coverage for most Americans and from most employers.
The American Medical Association — the nation’s largest physician organization with nearly 250,000 members — initially opposed the president’s plan, but backed the House Democrats’ version of the bill last week. That has led to an internal dispute that has resulted in some physicians leaving the nation’s largest doctors’ association.
Some doctors charge the bill will lead to inferior patient care as physician offices around the country triple their patient lists and become forced to ration care.
“This is war,” Dr. George Watson, a Kansas physician and president-elect of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, told FOXNews.com Thursday. “This is a bureaucratic boondoggle to grab control of health care. Everything that has been proposed in the 1,018 page bill will contribute to the ruination of medicine.”
……While most doctors support some form of health care reform, a growing number are blasting the president’s proposal and calling for a dramatically different approach — one that calls for a system that pays for quality rather than quantity of medical procedures available to patients.
“There’s no need to rush a bill through Congress,” said Dr. Donald J. Palmisano, a leading surgeon and former president of the AMA who heads the physicians group Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights. “We don’t get praise for getting out of the operation room quickly. We get praise for doing the right thing for the patients,” he said.
Palmisano said he opposes the president’s plan because patients will no longer be able to properly contract with their doctors. He is proposing a patient-centered system that will allow the patient to own the policy, which he said could be achieved by using tax credits to buy insurance.
“The government takeover of the practice of medicine will destroy the private health insurance companies, and will result in rationing, long lines, and loss of access to physicians in the patient hour of need,” he said.
Senator DeMint steps up the pressure:
Sen. Jim DeMint on Tuesday renewed his attack on President Obama’s plans for health care reform, questioning the president’s commitment to a finding a solution.
The South Carolina Republican said on the Senate floor he has “no confidence the president actually wants to make health care affordable and available to all Americans,” noting that Obama voted against a number of Republican measures last year — including pooling of insurance by small businesses and health savings accounts — that DeMint said would have lowered health care costs.
The latest attack came as a key House committee on Tuesday indefinitely delayed voting on its version of the Democrats’ health care reform legislation after Democratic leaders were unable to line up enough votes from moderate members of their own party.
In recent days, DeMint has declared that if Republicans defeat Obama’s health reform efforts, it will be Obama’s “Waterloo” — and that it will “break” the president.
Obama seized on the comments Monday to suggest that politics are trumping the interests of the American people.
“This isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics,” Obama said. “This is about a health care system that is breaking America’s families, breaking America’s businesses and breaking America’s economy. And we can’t afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care — not this time, not now.”
It isn’t about you, Obama? Oh yes it is:
“Let’s just lay everything on the table,” (Senator Charles) Grassley said. “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’ “
You want some whine to go with that cheese? It’s all about THE ONE’s image, his charisma, his fawning media hacks shilling for his inane socialist policies.
Even the Congressional Budget Office knows how dicked up his ideas are.
For the second time this month, congressional budget analysts have dealt a blow to the Democrat’s health reform efforts, this time by saying a plan touted by the White House as crucial to paying for the bill would actually save almost no money over 10 years.
A key House chairman and moderate House Democrats on Tuesday agreed to a White House-backed proposal that would give an outside panel the power to make cuts to government-financed health care programs. White House budget director Peter Orszag declared the plan “probably the most important piece that can be added” to the House’s health care reform legislation.
But on Saturday, the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal to give an independent panel the power to keep Medicare spending in check would only save about $2 billion over 10 years- a drop in the bucket compared to the bill’s $1 trillion price tag.
His lack of executive experience and leadership ability is starting to frustrate even the most ardent Obamabots in the Democratic Party.