I know what they can do!

Ed Morrissey at HA on the family doctor shortage and Obamacare. Docs are refusing to accept patients from public plans because of the low reimbursement rates, and this is only going to get worse. They cannot raise the reimbursement rates, because that was one of Obama’s strategies for lowering costs. The other option is “medical homes”, which is basically a clinic staffed with nurses, PA’s, and “educators”, with doctors available only when absolutely necessary. It’s the HMO experience. Liberals used to criticize such set-up because it was nothing more than “corporations” cutting costs at the expense of the patient.

What no one seems to be suggesting, and let me be the first out of the gate to bring it up among polite company.

We can force the doctors to accept patients for whom they lose money servicing.

I mean, do doctors think they have option to deny an American Citizen of their most basic right; their health.

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7 Comments on “I know what they can do!”

  1. MCPO Airdale Says:

    Since veterans insurance is tied to Medicare rates, active duty military, their dependents and retirees are also screwed. Thanks to idiots like Bob and OC, we are well and truly screwed. Thanks, 52%!

  2. OC Says:

    Maybe instead of saying “hell no” for the past year, the Reps could have actually contributed something useful to the debate and the reform bill would have been better. I wish it was better, but considering the crazy opposition, we were really lucky to get what we got. So, THANKS to you for screwing up what could have been truly meaningful reform.

  3. Car in Says:

    OC said – (you gotta change the avatar before I let you post):

    Maybe instead of saying “hell no” for the past year, the Reps could have actually contributed something useful to the debate and the reform bill would have been better. I wish it was better, but considering the crazy opposition, we were really lucky to get what we got. So, THANKS to you for screwing up what could have been truly meaningful reform.

  4. Hotspur Says:

    LOL

    Yeah, because as promised the bill was crafted in open sessions with CSPAN filming the whole entire way. The Republicans ideas were carefully considered and many were incorporated.

    The bill includes Tort Reform and allows competition across state lines.

    It doesn’t include special deals for some states. And doesn’t include a takeover of student loans. It doesn’t essentially give away free college educations. That’s a shame though because those things really have a lot to do with health care reform and should have been in the bill.

    It doesn’t have a real ten year cost of over $1.5Trillion, and it doesn’t leave over 20 million people still uninsured.

    It also won’t cause large corporation to take huge tax write downs due to increased insurance rates. It won’t cause them to dump their retirees into medicare for prescription coverage.

    It doesn’t take away being able to pay for insurance with pre-tax dollars, except for unions – those bastards have to pay for their insurance with after-tax dollars.

    Oh, and you know what’s really cool. There is solid language in the bill prohibiting coverage for abortions. Not only that but illegal immigrants definitely cannot get coverage.

    Oh, did I mention that I live on Bizzaro World? On this world the party in power does not lock out the minority party, then play victim by accusing them of being obstructionist, especially when their party has enough votes to pass the legislation anyway.

    It’s really cool here.

  5. xbradtc Says:

    H/S, the bright side of companies taking the charge is that it implies that they aren’t dumping coverage for their retirees.

  6. maggie katzen Says:

    Maybe instead of saying “hell no” for the past year, the Reps could have actually contributed something useful to the debate and the reform bill would have been better.

    ha ha. no, it was the Dems that said “hell no” to most Republican proposals for amendments to the bill.

  7. Kirby Says:

    when the republicans where in charge of legislature they tried a similar bill… with their “considerations” and they couldn’t pass it… so now the Dems did. Its not perfect, yet..


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