ObamaCare and doctors
Can the president keep his promises?
- Duration 7:49
- Date Jul 5, 2012
Can the president keep his promises?
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No matter -- Now we reform health care we will keep this promise if you like your doctor you'll be able to keep your doctor.
Period that is what President Obama said -- the American Medical Association and a key speech that he gave to that group in June of 2009.
When he helped win backing of a substantial number of doctors.
For his health overhaul his health insurance overhaul.
Now validated by the Supreme Court but very much at the center.
Of the 2012 election this Aaron but welcome back welcome back where analysts.
But I want I want some.
Knowledge to be dropped on us in furtherance of our discussion.
So we go to a man -- of knowledge.
And that is band manager.
He is the deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page.
And he of course is also.
From Cuyahoga County Ohio originally.
Where the president is going to be cruising past and does swing voters.
On his Rust Belt tour today welcome back and good to -- -- Chris I should.
Basically moved home to Cleveland for the rest of the campaign that at the very much where it's going to be.
Very quick and it would be pretty cool it would be pretty cool if you've got to do that.
And we were talking about that before but that bring us up to speed and Steve -- and Simon rose number here bring us up to speed.
To -- your column for us would you.
Well I did start with that quote from President Obama that you'd be able keep your doctor period and I thought that he was anticipating the fact that.
As the -- Obama care legislation move forward.
People would become upset about what this was going to do to the relationship with their doctor practice of Madison.
Interestingly enough Chris.
Nurses and patients pretty much drop out of the process altogether.
I was looking at a Wall Street Journal story today after chief Justice Roberts issued his opinion.
And it was discussing it the effects on the health care sector and they talked about insurance companies drug companies hospital companies companies that -- lots of hospitals.
The words of doctor physician nurse and patient appeared nowhere in that article.
And so they are just pretty much along for the ride here and I think that was always that core concern.
Of most of voters about what this process was doing.
I mean let's face it.
The health care insurance legislation is essentially about the processing of insurance claims and how you rationalize that process and how you keep health care cost down.
Inside the insurance system.
But that says nothing about what most people are -- Focused on which is when they get sick.
They want to make sure their doctor is going to have the ability and the time to focus on their medical problem.
And there's really interestingly concerns beginning to emerge even on the left side of the intellectual.
Field that created some of these directives that doctors.
In their ability to.
Do -- complexes diagnosis.
And have time to do their jobs as positions is being pinched eroded and suppressed.
By that by the details of this legislation.
Now in the narrow bandwidth with bandwidth.
In which I operate and we operate here on the show cynical politics.
Does this matter by Election Day does the do we do you expect to see or could you foresee.
A scenario in which doctors who are kind of grumbling about this law and how it does change their paperwork and -- change their reimbursements and those things.
That that has material effect on the election.
Well Chris you guys were just talking about Mitt Romney's struggle with the word mandate and it is a problem and that's something he's going to have to come to grips with I I think you ought to just repudiate the whole deal of -- mandate.
Simply say look.
Voters the American people don't like mandates they don't like them when you call them penalties or taxes they don't like that in Massachusetts they don't like them in Washington.
And step away from it.
But the fact is that.
President Obama didn't say repeatedly.
During the the road to obamacare that you could keep your doctor period.
And I think this was this is an opening for Mitt Romney to start talking about what exactly is all of this stuff this huge Titanic battle these.
Giant institutions doing to the relationship between voters and their doctors I think -- he did that.
He would find an enormous amount of support.
From the doctor community which by and large has remained quiet the AMA.
Took a pass they signed onto obamacare but their Karl lot.
Of angry doctors and I think they tell their patients that their patients are voters and I think there's an opportunity there for mr.
Romney who --