What would happen if doctors unionized?
Sen. John Barrasso weighs in
- Duration 3:44
- Date Jan 31, 2013
Sen. John Barrasso weighs in
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Quarterback imagine calling your doctor's office you get this message.
Hello you've reached the doctors -- I'm sorry the doctor can't see today he's on strike.
The and once obamacare kicks in that could soon be your reality.
Many in the medical community are finding it will be harder to continue offering the same quality of care so could doctors be driven to unionize let's get reaction.
Senator John -- chairman of the Republican policy committee he's also an orthopedic surgeon he's not on strike yet though -- wanted to doctor.
Okay yes so but with the Affordable Care Act it's facing doctors to work.
In in large part they're not going off on their own so much -- working for large doctor groups and other organizations which means is that essentially -- service personnel.
Which could lead the unionization.
Do you believe that could be a possibility.
Well I think we're gonna see more and more that in some states more than others and other looking that way in Connecticut.
Beautiful but what you're seeing is a more and more doctors are actually having their practices bought up by hospitals.
The government decides to pay different prices whether the same thing is done in a doctor's office -- done in a hospital they pay a lot more.
You know hospitals -- so hospitals are asking doctors to come join them but it's gonna be almost like.
You know bigger and bigger medicine and and and less and less of the individual patient centered care that people want this health care laws you know is driving up costs and I believe is driving down.
Quality and also available care.
Sure so one day doctors could unionized I want you to a doctor weigh in on the front page story on the Wall Street Journal about how apparently.
A number of unions want out of Obama -- hit it wasn't supposed to happen that way.
No these are the unions that actually lobbied for and supported the president's health care law.
As one union members said -- that I saw the president's if you like your plan you can keep it down finding out that I can't.
You know the -- president promised.
Insurance premiums would drop by about 2500 dollars a family in that first in.
By the end of his first term that hasn't happened prices have skyrocketed and now unions are saying hey we can't afford.
Health insurance coverage for our for these employees these members under the president's health care law because the president's health care law essentially has made it worse.
Meanwhile let's talk a little bit about a big story got -- Washington federal appeals court.
Said that the Obama administration broke the law when they tried to -- make some recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.
-- -- what was -- a recess they said did you you can't do that they you've come up with a bill.
That's going to -- -- some of the damage they've done right.
Well -- yes this National Labor Relations Board these recess appointments the illegal unconstitutional.
Had been made over a year ago.
These guys have come out with -- over 200 rulings and they say they're gonna keep coming out with -- more rulings until this actually gets appealed to the Supreme Court.
I have legislation.
That actually stops any additional rulings by this group.
You know -- right now operating under a cloud of uncertainty churn and for all the businesses and folks around the country that are being subjected to these rules and regulations I think they're all gonna get thrown out -- the Supreme Court finally rules and that could take years and that would just be a big fat -- wouldn't.
Well it's a lot of the things coming out in this administration that -- go way beyond what the law allows.
And that's what we're seeing here with these illegal unconstitutional recess appointments made by President Obama all right we're -- -- -- keep denying -- legislation.
Doctor -- we thank you very much for joining us that -- Capitol Hill thanks for having me thank you --