Condition Critical: What Doctors Think About Health Reform
President Obama yesterday rolled out the red carpet -- and handed out doctors' white coats as well, just so nobody missed his hard-sell health-care message.
In a heavy-handed attempt at reviving support for health-care reform, the White House
orchestrated a massive photo op to buttress its claim that front-line physicians support Obama.
House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) said large numbers of doctors fear the current approach to reform being promoted by the Obama Administration would cripple their ability to care for patients.
"Members of the medical community -- who deal with red tape day in and day out -- rightly recognize that the Democrats' government takeover would weaken the doctor-patient relationship that is so critical to making the right health-care decisions," he said.
Obama made no mention of the "public option" -- a controversial government-run insurance plan favored by liberal Democrats -- in his Rose Garden spiel.
Here is some background on what real doctors think about reform and the effects it will have on their profession.
Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.
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