Ohio doctor tries to rally colleagues against ObamaCare
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
- Duration 6:17
- Date Oct 19, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
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-- a doctor in the key battleground state of Ohio is getting national attention today.
As he tries to rally colleagues and voters.
Against president Obama's health care law.
The gas crunch are all -- -- has published a letter in local newspapers slamming the law.
Calling it a fiscal disaster look how long it is calling it a fiscal disaster.
And arguing that this law will lead to a severe physician shortage.
Doctor Mark Siegel is a member of our Fox News medical -- here way in this extraordinary and he's gotten dozens of positions to sign on his name is doctor enough fox.
And a doctor Fareed enough thought and he goes.
Off on this loss saying.
Look at all you know or the good things about the law you know it's -- and cover preexisting conditions gonna -- -- kids stay on their parents' insurance to a 26 NN and you know.
No appropriate colonoscopy -- good how about 32 million people get insurance it didn't have insurance if that's all you know -- you've been bamboozled he says because there's.
Several major issues though the first thing that jumped out of me was he said it Barack Obama said that you were gonna be able to keep your doctor.
Under Obama care what he didn't tell you is that sooner or later your doctor will go out of business.
The physicians' foundation just that a big survey of thirteen thousand doctors and 60% of them said they would retire early if they could.
What that means is.
We're not talking about health care here were talking about health insurance.
You might say I've got the insurance card but I can't find OB GY and I can't find the surgeon that takes this I can't find an internist that takes this.
Because doctors are going to be squeezed if they have to see more and more patients and provide more and more services.
And they get paid less and less for it they may decide to opt out of insurance.
So that's an additional doctor shortage are maintained in this doctors maintaining too it's not just about how many -- there are in the workforce it's about whether these physicians can work with obamacare or not and I think many can -- Also talks about how -- his view it's sub -- gave your doctor's judgment and their livelihoods too bureaucratic authority how.
I don't -- to -- -- -- so their doctors' judgment shut some Ji gated.
Two bureaucracy but that's a charge the president did not -- you know he talks about that -- it's gonna oversee certain payments and he says look.
There's not -- many rationing that's put right into the law.
You know doctors are still gonna have the freedom to make decisions as they did before.
Let's talk about that 1000001 of all.
Everyone knows in the insurance business that what Medicare does privates follow soulful what -- -- of Medicare decides not to cover something generally private insurers don't covered either.
That board the independent payment advisory board of Medicare fifteen bureaucrats non practicing physicians is going to say.
-- treatment is better than another that's new treatment hasn't been proven yet but it may be state of the -- it may be genetic it may be biotechnology.
But hasn't been proven yet.
Once they say that they don't want Medicare to cover it nobody's gonna -- -- and then people won't be hurt for now what this doctor is referring about though.
Is that of a physician wants to order a treatment and recommends it to a patient.
But insurance doesn't cover it but doctors still responsible the doctors still liable of anything goes wrong not the insurance company and we doctors are in terrible position -- this -- we still liable legally liable.
But we can't always -- the treatments we want.
This guy came -- some look.
That -- -- I put my name on this and I got and several other dozens of doctors came towards -- put my name on and still more are now signing on to put their names on in Ohio.
Because there are patients know us and we're willing to go on the record with this and say this is -- we are -- -- -- -- And he feels like this could make a difference in Ohio in this presidential election because as Mitt Romney's been saying is the Republicans have been saying.
This is the last chance for those who want to see Obama -- dial back -- or repealed and replaced to do so this presidential election.
Do you think that that the president and those who support the law are underestimating.
The disdain that that many doctors have for it.
Yes we Jackson health -- just said the 55% of doctors are planning on voting for Romney and if traditionally it's not like that there's about an even split Democrat -- Republican.
That's happening because we are worried that we don't have enough choices under Obama -- that there's too many regulations.
When more choice we can choose I wanna accept that insurance I don't want to accept this insurance.
And here's the most important reason the president is underestimating doctors.
Because doctors are tied to an even larger group known as patients.
And patients want their doctors to be happy they want their doctors to be accessible if there are doctors are in trouble patients are in trouble.
Here in New York -- this is a very liberal town and the doctors here tend to be a liberal -- -- and that's just the nature of New York City.
More and more he sees the folks coming out -- -- beds or anecdotally talking about you know Obama care when you when you go for your business whatever it is.
You tell me what your impression is talking his Iranian streaming here in Europe -- very highly respected doctor at NYU's Linda medical center.
What is the buzz on Obama care among those doctors.
The buzz -- is that people can't sustain private practice and continue to take this kind of insurance either they become cash only.
Or they join large parts hospital groups a big umbrella like NYU lingo medical center where literally doctors are joining.
The inpatient practice where they're on a salary.
And they're part of that larger -- so unless you're in an area of the country we have access to meiji university medical center you may be left out in the in the race.
I'm concerned about that because around the rural areas of this country people get care are by network doctors that are in private -- practice.
This law makes it very difficult for doctors to function that way.
But that was a trend that we were saying even before we're more more -- you're going to go into -- cash only prop.
And him office.
Where they used to take insurance and now they don't and now it's like you want to see these great doctors you better be prepared to -- cash cash.
You know -- that's a great point and we've had debates on this show about this exact issue so I wanted to emphasize that it not all obamacare is full.
It started before.
But this underestimated the problem this law and made it a lot worse so that doctors who were already thinking of dropping out of insurance -- definitely gonna do so now if they can.
Doctors say -- we -- say whether this is a game changer in Ohio thank you so much thinking -- -- there good --