Yes, the Affordable Care Act will affect doctors

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  • AmericanMedicalAssociation Chicago, IL
    May 20, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    The Jackson and Coker survey cited here is completely unscientific; less than 1.5 percent of those who received the survey chose to respond. AMA policy is set democratically by our House of Delegates with members from all states and virtually all medical specialties. The physicians who set AMA policy believe covering America’s uninsured – who live sicker and die younger – is critical. As the nation’s largest physician organization, the AMA is engaged in the implementation of the health reform law to achieve improvements and ensure the best outcome for patients and physicians. We are pleased that the new law extends coverage to millions of Americans, ends insurance company denials based on pre-existing conditions and promotes wellness and prevention – all while retaining our American health care system’s mix of public and private insurers. The law also includes increased payments for primary care physicians in Medicare and Medicaid and bonus payments for general surgeons in underserved areas. We are leading the charge to address problematic parts of the new law, including eliminating the Independent Payment Advisory Board, to ensure it meets the needs of patients and the physicians who care for them.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    In a less partisan environment, the ACA would have allowed Republicans to be involved in medical care reform. When then-Senator Bennett offered participation on the basis of the Wyden-Bennett proposals, he was told that this was strictly a Democrat bill with no Republican sponsors. Now the president expects those he politically shunned to fix the monumental financing problems and the fact that many will still not have medical care.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 19, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    Ask your doctor(s) what they think about ObamaCare. How many of them will close their practice?

    Obama has no plan of providing healthcare to Americans; his plan is to seize 18% of the nations yearly income and take that income out of the private sector and put it into the "general fund", just as Congress has done with SS.

    He has already told us that SS will be paid out only to those who fall within his definition of "need" notwithstanding the fact that none of us has had a choice about paying into SS all of our working lives. If we had invested that 15% privately, would Obama still feel that he had the authority to keep us from using our own retirement funds as we wished? SS is the only retirement that most of us will have. There is nothing in that fund except a worthless I.O.U. from a government that has added $6,000,000,000,000 to the debt since Obama took office.

    Healthcare costs money. Obama will take that money and spend it for political purposes.

    No wonder Doctors will close their offices.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 19, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    As for 2006 Romneycare (which was the blueprint for Obamacare):

    "Among practicing physicians, 70% supported the law (Romneycare) in a fall 2009 survey from Harvard. That poll, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also found that 60% of physicians said the law didn’t have much of an impact on how long patients wait to get an appointment (and 2 percent said there was a positive impact). Eighty-five percent said the law either had not much impact or a positive impact on the quality of care patients receive.
    (Factcheck 3/25/2011)

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 19, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    It would be better for DN readers for DN to write a short intro and provide a link to the Physicians Foundation study cited by the article than to print the schlock coming from the Heritage Foundation.

    A few notes from the survey:

    Physicians are not uniform in their opinions younger physicians, female physicians, employed
    physicians and primary care physicians are generally more positive about their profession than older physicians, male physicians, practice owners and specialists.

    The physicians sample is disproportionately older.

    The sample is also significantly more male and rural than the physician population, and is more likely than the population to operate a solo practice or be an AMA member.

    Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware,
    Alaska, and Arkansas were overrepresented in the survey relative to total physicians in these states.

    The major healthcare cost drivers cited by the physicians in the survey were:
    69% Defensive medicine
    64% Aging population
    58% Cost of pharmaceuticals

    In a STOU speech, Obama to look at tort reform with Republicans. Did Republicans take him up on the offer? In a less partisan environment perhaps work could be done on tort reform and the cost of pharmaceuticals.