Saturday, September 19, 2009

Was Ayn Rand Right? Will Doctors Shrug?

Millions of people know who Ayn Rand was and her famous novel "Atlas Shrugged" about captains of industry disappearing in the face of a massive intrusion of the government in the free market. Is this story coming true? Will Doctors say enough is enough? We have a right to live and earn our living the way we see fit! Maybe Doctors will be leading the revolt started by the Tea Party people. Paul Hsieh, a doctor in Colorado writes about what's happening at

In a recent editorial published by Investor’s Business Daily, associate editor (and regular) Terry Jones revealed stunning poll data showing that 45 percent of American physicians “would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement” if Congress passed the proposed ObamaCare health legislation.

As a practicing physician, I’m not surprised. These numbers mirror the sentiments I’ve heard expressed by my professional colleagues. I’ve been in practice for over 15 years and I’ve never seen physician morale as low as it is today.

Older physicians have told me that they’re glad to be “getting out” and retiring soon. Medical students have asked me whether they should switch to engineering or pharmacology before it’s too late. Physicians in the middle of their careers are just hoping to survive any “reform.”
The same IBD poll also showed that an overwhelming majority (65 percent) of physicians were opposed to the proposed expansion of government in medicine. And they have every reason to be concerned, based on past experience.

One reason that many physicians are skeptical of the proposed “reform” is because they already know what government-run health care is like, in the form of Medicare. Medicare is “single-payer health care” for the elderly. Many proponents of universal health care want to create “Medicare for all,” claiming that it’s a model of efficient, compassionate care. But as the New York Times recently reported, more doctors are opting out of Medicare (or limiting the number of Medicare patients they are willing to accept) for two simple reasons: “reimbursement rates are too low and paperwork too much of a hassle.” READ HERE AT Pajamas Media

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