Roger L. Simon

Obama's Plot Against the Doctors - revisited

One of the more heartfelt pieces I have done for PJTV was Obama’s Plot Against the Doctors. I have decided to revisit it again today in the light of this extraordinary poll just published by Investors Business Daily: 45% of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Car Overhaul. Terry Jones of IBD writes:

Two-thirds, or 65%, of doctors say they oppose the proposed government expansion plan. This contradicts the administration’s claims that doctors are part of an “unprecedented coalition” supporting a medical overhaul.

It also differs with findings of a poll released Monday by National Public Radio that suggests a “majority of physicians want public and private insurance options,” and clashes with media reports such as Tuesday’s front-page story in the Los Angeles Times with the headline “Doctors Go For Obama’s Reform.”

Nowhere in the Times story does it say doctors as a whole back the overhaul. It says only that the AMA — the “association representing the nation’s physicians” and what “many still regard as the country’s premier lobbying force” — is “lobbying and advertising to win public support for President Obama’s sweeping plan.”

The AMA, in fact, represents approximately 18% of physicians and has been hit with a number of defections by members opposed to the AMA’s support of Democrats’ proposed health care overhaul.

It’s no surprise the LAT takes the word of the bureaucrats at the AMA over the doctors themselves who were actually polled by IBD (a random sampling of 1376 practicing physicians). I would faint if the Times publishes the poll, but we’ll see. This even though everyone knows there is already a shortage of physicians and nurses in this country before the installation of Obama’s semi-existent “plan,” whatever that is.

Oh, I forgot. Mustn’t criticize Obama or I’ll be a racist.