Obama Knows Better than your "Greedy" Doctor

Friday, July 24, 2009

We all knew this was coming.

Every other country that has attempted a nationalized health care system has had to ration medical care--not, of course, on the basis of what the patient or doctor thinks is best, but what the politicians determine. This has included waiting periods for doctor visits and surgeries, long lines in emergency rooms and of course denials of necessary treatment because some politician in charge determines that you either "don't really need that surgery" or you are for some reason (smoker, overweight, too old, genetically prone to heart disease, poor and from the ghetto, etc.) an enemy to public health and unworthy of treatment.

President Obama gave us a hint of what medical tyranny is to come in an interview the other day when he claimed that many doctors do unnecessary surgeries in order to make more money. (Does this sound to anyone like when he villainized the AIG executives so he could take control of the country's banks?) Obama claimed:
"Right now, doctors, a lot of times, are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that's out there. So if ... your child has a bad sore throat, or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, "You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out."
So Obama, who (in case you didn't know) does not have any medical training and has not read any studies on tonsillitis, is accusing many Ear, Nose and Throat doctors of doing unnecessary surgeries and defrauding their patients' health plans so they can live in bigger houses.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), not wanting to upset the "Anointed One" and have his wrath turned directly, timidly released this defense of Obama's uncalled-for, slanderous remarks on their profession:
We, too, are in favor of evidence-based medicine that supports quality patient care. President Obama’s statement highlights the complexity of medical decisions like this. However, the AAO-HNS is disappointed by the President’s portrayal of the decision making processes by the physicians who perform these surgeries. In many cases, tonsillectomy may be a more effective treatment, and less costly, than prolonged or repeated treatments for an infected throat.

For the past several years, the Academy has been developing clinical guidelines based on evidence and outcomes research, including ‘Quality of Life after Tonsillectomy,’ a January 2008 supplement to the journal Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. We are in agreement with the President’s statement that physicians, patients, and hospitals should make the decisions, based on the evidence, about what’s best for patient care.
Hmmm . . . so medical studies conclude that removing tonsils is a more effective and less costly treatment than the others Obama touted. I can't believe this, the doctors know better how to treat patients than the politicians!

So who do you want making your medical decisions?

Yes, sometimes you have to fight your insurance company to pay for a treatment that you or your doctor think is necessary. You may even need to take them to court. Our HMO and PPO-based health care system has many flaws that should be fixed. But it has also given us the best health care by far in the world. People fly here from all over the world because they do not trust the doctors and surgeons in their own countries. Medical students come here from all over the world to go to our schools because they are by far the best. The best doctors practice here because there is much less government garnishment of their wages and bureaucratic control over their medical decisions.

Do you want to keep your right to receive the medical treatment you and your doctor think is necessary, or do you want to relinquish all of your medical history and decision-making ability to bureaucrats in Washington who are more interested in moving money than your life? Bureaucrats who have never run a health care facility, never treated a patient, bought by special interest groups and who have a horrible track record of sinking their programs--especially health care--into massive amounts of fiscal waste and debt? Are you ready to hand over your life and your money to "Doctor" Obama?

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