I hope one of my colleagues is in the audience at tonight’s debate to ask a question about how ObamaCare is taking medicine in the wrong direction. You see, there comes a point where we doctors can no longer afford to stay in practice. We rely on an unfettered environment to provide creative health-care solutions. This is why survey after survey (most recently one by The Physician’s Foundation) show that ObamaCare is highly unpopular among physicians. Under ObamaCare, we’re being asked to provide the same high-tech service with more restrictions
Sorry, Doc. Your opinion does not count. Your betters (the leaders of the national Doctor Associations) will decide for you what you believe and want. It is rather like AARP: their leaders announced that the opinions of AARP members did not matter; their business was securing as much insurance as they could by a back-door deal with Obama.
So forget it, Doc.
You have been Socialized. Soon you will be given your papers, describing where you will work, how many hours per week, what kind of medicine you will practice, and how much you will be paid.
You will have no say in the matter. A panel of Business School experts will decide this for you.
And you will have to obtain approval for any treatment.
Single payor means the government owns healthcare. The government has no competitor. I was very disappointed that doctors were silent when Obamacare was being forced through Congress. Doctors have professional organizations and they said nothing or supported it.
They hate it because not only does it cut their income, but fines them. Many are being bought up by hospitals or taking Medicare HMO's they normally would not.
Hospitals are being fined daily for not getting onboard with Zippy fast enough. Health insurance agents are giving up their licenses because their income has been cut to nearly zero. Zippycare says 80% of your premium must go towards your care.
#2 is spot on. On my last visit I was asked dumb questions that had nothing to do with my health issue not only by the primary, but the medical assistant when she checked my vitals.
No one, particularly those who work in a town where oversized egos are more prevalent than America flag lapel pins, wants to think of himself as being non-essential. The good news is, even if you awaken Tuesday only to discover you are not the lifeblood of the federal government, the local restaurant scene wants to make sure that, at the very least, you won’t starve to death. Sprinkles Cupcakes (3015 M St. NW) will treat federal employees who flash a government ID to one free gourmet cupcake (any flavor) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Chainlet Z-Burger is
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AN OLD SAYING sometimes attributed to Mark Twain goes: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” And so it is with the current view that government spending stimulates the economy. It doesn’t. Government stimulus spending, paid for by running up the federal credit card, is why we have the never-ending Great Recession, though the left keeps fantasizing that spending “saved us from a second great depression.” Now for the good news: The spending spree is over and Barack Obama is a lame duck. He is legislatively paralyzed.
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Democrats are affronted that Republicans have made ObamaCare a focus of this fall’s fiscal fights. They should get used to it. Even if Democrats deflect efforts to defund or delay the law in coming weeks, the fight will go on. Republican opposition is for the long haul, and it should be. Even as the exchanges for individuals to purchase insurance get up and running, ObamaCare is still in play. It has a legitimacy problem. It had one before it passed, when it was kept afloat through gross special deals, and it has one still, when it is manifestly failing to live up
Avita Samuels has worked at the Mall of America in Minneapolis for the last four years, juggling a sales job with her studies in political science and law at the University of Minnesota. The 24-year-old has been the top sales associate for the last three years and works between 29 and 35 hours a week. But over the past few months, she said, she has watched as friends working in stores around her have their hours and benefits slashed – and she´s worried that she will be next. Forever 21, the clothing store, told staff last month in a memo leaked
It is sharp analytical thinking to continue to compare the Senate theatrics and political paths of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. But only if you #StandWithRand. The real lesson from Cruz’s performance is that while both men are taking trips to Iowa, he and Paul are no longer running the same race. Cruz is running to be the Tea Party candidate. Paul is running to win the nomination, and he doesn’t mind using Cruz as a comedic foil to help him do it. While the filibuster and the not-a-buster served up an irresistible if somewhat lazy table for comparison, it
A former conservative commentator for Fox News, who ran a $4 million super PAC against the Democrats in 2012, has started a new super PAC apparently to make independent expenditures against former Secretary of State and former Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. Hillary Clinton has not announced she is a candidate. Dick Morris’ Just Say No to Hillary PAC was registered at the Federal Election at the end of this week. The treasurer is Nancy Watkins in Tampa, Florida. She is a specialist in campaign finance law and provides accounting services to many political committees. Watkins also registered a second PAC, Just
His was a rags-to-riches tale. A Greek immigrant who came to the United States and made it big. A waiter who gambled in his spare time. A poker prodigy who turned $50 into $40 million in just three years. Archie Karas has described himself the "king of the gamblers," but authorities in San Diego are now calling him a cheater. On Friday, police arrested the 62-year-old Karas, whose legal name is Anargyros Karabourniotis, at his home in Las Vegas, on allegations he marked cards during a blackjack game in San Diego in July. The alleged cheating was also caught on camera, according
The latest chapter in Amanda Knox´s long legal battle began Monday in Florence, Italy, with a retrial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. But Knox, 26, who has expressed concern about returning to a country where she spent four years behind bars, was not in court. She was convicted in 2009 of murdering Kercher, a 21-year old British exchange student who was found stabbed to death in November 2007 in the villa the two young women rented in the central Italian university town of Perugia. The convictions of Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were overturned in 2011 for
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A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy. He also vowed to stop flying after the world´s recent climate-change report made him cry. Eric Holthaus was reacting to the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which released a report on Friday that found it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends seen in the last several decades.
Today, more than three and a half years after the Democrats passed Obamacare into law, the overhaul’s exchanges — its East German–like government marketplaces — will finally, sort of, open for business. The Democrats fully expect their fellow Americans to be so excited about buying government-approved insurance through these government-run exchanges that they’re choosing to shut down the government rather than delay the individual mandate for a year. Better to shut down the government, it would seem, than let Americans freely decide — even for a year — whether or not to buy Obamacare-based insurance. Alas, the individual mandate’s penalties
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First lady Michelle Obama tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that her Twitter account will see fewer updates due to the government shutdown. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown 12:55 PM - 1 Oct 2013. In 2009, FactCheck.org found that the first lady had a staff of 24 people. It is unclear whether any of the first lady’s staff have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.
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Come 2014, the government´s damaged brand will reflect poorly on president and his party. So last week, while most of the country was talking about football or fears of a government shutdown, Rasmussen released a poll that should worry everyone -- but especially incumbent Democrats in Congress. According to Rasmussen´s survey, most Americans think the IRS broke the law by targeting Tea Party groups for harassment, but few expect it to be punished. Fifty-three percent think the IRS broke the law by targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups like the voter-integrity outfit True The Vote; only 24% disagreed.