Doctors Rebel Against ObamaCare

Healthcare Commissar Kathleen Sebelius hasn’t even told them yet how little they will get paid under ObamaCare, and already doctors are rebelling en masse:

A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.

Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.

Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.

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“This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization.

Of those few who are participating in the program,

Three out of four doctors who are participating in the program said they “had to participate” because of existing contractual obligations with an insurer or medical provider, not because they wanted to.

Many complain that they have not been given a fee schedule, so they don’t know how much they will get paid.

One physician was so disgusted, he threatened to take only cash patients going forward.

“I am seriously considering opting out of all insurance plans including Medicare because of [ObamaCare].”

Some physicians said the pressure on insurance carriers to control costs is leading to rationed care.

“OBAMACARE is a disaster. I have already seen denial of medication, denial of referrals,” one doc said.

And they worry that stingy payments for medical services offered by insurers could put some doctors out of business and force others into retirement.

In short, ObamaCare is working exactly as planned. To completely Stalinize healthcare, communists need to go beyond destroying the health insurance industry; they need to drive greedy skill-oriented doctors out of the profession. A new breed of doctors will replace them.


On a tip from Bob Roberts. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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