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What does Obamacare do to you?

It makes your doctor more likely to retire. It reduces your privacy.


By
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
 
Doctors Retire Over ObamaCare

Once upon a time, medicine was considered a good line of work. Today, it's one doctors can't wait to escape -- and with ObamaCare kicking in, many of them are doing just that.

And I don't mean a well-earned escape to the golf course, or out to the river for a weekend of fly fishing.

No, docs are fleeing the business completely at a record pace, hanging up their stethoscopes years earlier than planned -- and even the doctors themselves say what we're seeing now is only the beginning.

Six in 10 doctors say they expect their colleagues to retire early in the coming years because of ObamaCare, according to a new survey from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, which also finds:
  • 75 percent say the "best and brightest" won't go into medicine at all
  • 55 percent say docs will cut hours
  • 40 percent say their pay was cut last year
  • 48 percent say their pay will be cut this year
With all that bad news, you can see why only 31 percent of doctors give American medicine a grade of "A" or "B."

Thank you, Mr. President!

And if you think our healthcare system is failing now, just wait a few years. As the survey shows, we'll have fewer doctors working shorter hours and earning less money.

The problem, if it's not obvious enough already, is that ObamaCare is doing to doctors what it's doing to you.

For you, getting care is more difficult, more expensive, and even outright unaffordable.

For your doctor, practicing medicine is more difficult and more expensive -- so expensive, that shrinking reimbursements and increasing insurance fees are making it outright unaffordable for him too.

That's why nearly a third of all doctors left their private practices and joined bigger firms or hospital-based employers in the last two years alone.

This is a dagger in the heart of personalized medicine -- and a victory for the disastrous one-size-fits-all system that insurers love so much.

That's what ObamaCare is doing to your doctor. Up next: What it's doing to you and how you can fight back.
 

 

How ObamaCare Killed Privacy

It's intrusive... it's invasive... it's offensive.

And it's the future!

ObamaCare is giving employers the right to demand all your most intimate medical details -- and if you don't provide them, you'll have to pay the price.

CVS employees are already finding out the hard way.

Many of them are minimum wage retail workers struggling for every penny. But if they don't submit to an exam and provide CVS with blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass, and body weight numbers, they'll be fined $50 more for health coverage every month, taken right out of their already-tiny paychecks.

Expect to see more of this. A LOT more -- because now that employers are REQUIRED by law to provide care, and Americans are REQUIRED by law to have it, the nature of the workplace relationship has changed forever.

And your boss doesn't just want to know your most intimate medical numbers. He wants to dictate to you what those numbers should be. Just look at this ominous line from the new CVS policy:

"Going forward, you'll be expected not just to know your numbers -- but also to take action to manage them."

That's right, folks. If you don't meet mainstream health targets, you could be in hot water with your boss -- never mind that most of those targets are bogus and many are outright dangerous.

This is going to get worse unless you fight back now against intrusive employers and clueless government bureaucrats.

Fighting back,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

 

What does Obamacare mean for you?

By
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
 
ObamaCare And The Looming Doctor Shortage

ObamaCare hasn't even kicked in yet and we're already facing our first crisis -- and no matter who you are, this one will hurt you in a big way.

In less than two years, some 30 million currently uninsured Americans will get their first taste of health insurance -- the insurance you're buying them.

Aren't you generous?

I'll get to the hit your wallet's about to take in a moment. But forget the money -- if you can -- for a second and think about 30 million Americans all out doctor-shopping at the same time.

Where do you think they're going to look? Hint: You might want to book your 2014 physical now -- because the lines at your doctor's office are going to make the ones at Disneyland look short.

Remember, making doctors isn't like making mechanics or bankers or fry cooks. We can't magically pump out more in two years, three years or even five years.

It takes a full decade of medical school and training before you can turn a doctor loose on patients. And while ObamaCare calls for the training of some 3,000 new doctors over the next decade, there's already a massive shortfall right now that's about to get worse.

It's so bad that the Association of American Medical Colleges says we'll be 62,900 doctors short in just three years. Even without ObamaCare, that shortage would hit 100,000 by 2025.

With ObamaCare, that "doctor deficit" will approach or exceed 140,000 doctors by then.

Making matters worse, a full third of today's doctors are 55 years old or older, according to the New York Times. They're getting ready to retire -- and you can bet even the ones who aren't thinking about quitting will hang up their stethoscopes real fast once they see the growing lines and shrinking reimbursements.

I wish I could tell you there's a light at the end of this tunnel, but there isn't one. All I can say is find a good doctor NOW and have a good relationship with him.

More importantly, make sure you're in tight with his front office staff, so you can get an appointment when you need one. Don't be afraid to send flowers and boxes of candy if you have to.

But that's just ONE of the problems you'll be facing shortly. There are others starting to kick in already -- including a kick right in your wallet.

Keep reading for more!
 

The Hidden Cost Of 'free' Healthcare

ObamaCare isn't just going to raise your taxes, although that's certainly part of the equation. It's not just going to raise insurance premiums, although that's certainly part of the equation, too.

It's going to raise the price of virtually everything.

Remember, 30 million people are getting insurance and YOU'RE the one getting stuck with the bill -- and that bill will come due in the form of a higher cost of living. After all, most of the money to pay for the "free" healthcare will come from employers -- and so employers, in turn, will have no choice but to raise prices.

John Schnatter, aka "Papa John" from the pizza company, expressed this in his own clumsy way not long ago when he said he'd have to charge between 11 cents and 15 cents extra per pizza to pay his company's share of the ObamaCare fees.

Naturally, the pro-ObamaCare dimwits laughed and said they'd gladly pay a measly 15 cents for a Papa John's employee to get healthcare. But let's see who's laughing when they realize it's not just 15 cents extra for pizza.

It's extra money for everything.

Sure, in some cases it'll be pennies, like 15 cents a pie. In others, it'll be dollars. But you can bet it'll all add up to real money real quick -- and I don't know about you, but I don't know too many people who've gotten pay raises lately.

I do know plenty of people who live on fixed incomes, though -- and they can barely pay for groceries as it is, much less healthcare for 30 million people.

You see, ObamaCare isn't just expensive. It's unsustainably expensive -- and it will bankrupt the nation.

But first, it'll bankrupt you.
 
Great Britain and Canada have nationalized health care systems. In each country there is one payer for health care services: the national government. These systems are called single payer systems.
In each country the health care system has been known by the same term since being established. That term is socialized medicine.
In 2010, the US Congress passed legislation that established the federal government as the only insurer and approver of health care services for all Americans. All Americans will be covered by this federal health care system. The federal government will pay for only those health care costs that it approves. The federal government will be the only legal insurance provider.
That is socialized medicine.
In 1994, when Clinton attempted to pass health care legislation, it was correctly called socialized medicine. Americans recognized it as socialized medicine and rejected it. Do Americans today fail to understand that Obamacare is socialized medicine?
 
Obamacare takes $716 billion from Medicare. That is money that will not be available to pay for Medicare recipients' health care needs.
Do you know which health insurance denied coverage more frequently to more individuals than any other insurance plan in 2009? The correct answer is Medicare. I knew that.
I did not know that.

Do you know that Obamacare increases taxes immediately, but does not start to provide healthcare benefits until 2014? I knew that.
I did not know that.

Obama’s Budget Director, Peter Orszag, admitted one month after Obamacare became law that a "powerful Rationing Panel (Not Doctors) will control health care levels". This non-doctor panel known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board has the power to deny or allow medical procedures, allocate medical resources, and control the use of the American health care system.
 
1.  Please select all points to the right that you believe true.
The US health care system is not perfect, but if a doctor is needed, one can be found for an exam without much delay regardless of a patient's ability to pay.
The US health care system functions well -- it provides health care for most who need it.
The US government should not meddle with the operation of medical services being provided.
The US government should provide health care insurance for all legal citizens with sliding-scale subsidies for those unable to pay.
The US government should make it reasonable for health care insurers to provide health care insurance for all legal citizens by subsidizing the poor with sliding-scale payments for those individuals unable to pay.

2.  Regarding your existing health care insurance:
I have none My employer provides it & covers all costs
My union provides it & covers all costs I pay a portion not paid by my employer or union
Other:

3.  Please check the terms that apply to the quality of care you and your family received from health care providers including doctors, nurses, facilities for the aged, hospitals, and administrators.
Effective medically Hospital facility was efficient
Reasonable costs Follow-up care was effective
Doctors were caring & knowledgeable Nursing follow up was available
Other:

4.  What have been your experiences with advanced medical procedures and testing, including MRI, CAT and PET scans, laparoscopic and other minimally invasive procedures?
Medical conditions were discovered and cured using the latest technologies.
Tests seemed unnecessary
Tests yielded negative results
Tests helped diagnose a serious disease that was then treated

5.  Canada and England implemented socialized medicine decades ago. From the list to the right, please select the results that you believe have occurred since those nations medical operations changed to socialized systems.
People must wait up to months to get in to see a doctor for a general check up exam.
Doctors have left Canada & moved to the US to practice.
People must wait up to months to get in to see a doctor even when there is the potential for a life-threatening disease.

6.  The US health care system provides the highest quality & most available medical care in the world to all who need it whether they access it using a doctor's appointment, hospital clinic, or emergency room.
In actuality, currently everyone in the US can receive medical care anytime it is needed.

The US health care system needs some limited reforms. Specific problems that should be corrected include:

                       Please check each that you agree with.

Insurance Reform:  Insurance should be owned by individuals and not connected to their employers.
Tort -- Legal Liability -- Reform:  Those huge, sometimes frivolous multi-million dollar lawsuits, should be controlled.
Families & Individuals In Poverty:  Government should provide a safety net to ensure that these people can get insurance if they want it.
Others:

7The ObamaCare plan includes insurance coverage for all citizens. All citizens will be subject to the plan's Article 1233 which states that a 26-member panel of experts will determine who is eligible and who is not eligible to receive costly medications, transplants, and life-extending procedures including surgeries. Do you support the Obama administration's efforts to pass the health care bill as it is currently proposed?
Strongly support these changes
Support these changes with other reforms
Against ObamaCare as it has been enacted because it determines who may receive life-saving medications & procedures, and mandates end-of-life conditions.
List other reforms you want:

8.  How important is it that you and your family have government approved health care insurance with cost reimbursement based upon your ability to pay monthly premiums?
Very important
Somewhat important
I'd like to have it, but it doesn't impact my life much
Not important
It would not effect me one way or another

9.  I am: Female
Male

10.  My age group is: Under 10 11-19 20-29 30-39 40-49
50-59 60-69 70-79 80-89 90 & over
11.  How did you find HealthCareReformIssues.com? Wall Street Journal Just looking around the Internet Newsgroup
USA Today Business associate Search engine
A News magazine A blog named: Linked from:
I live in the following country or state:
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