Obama booed by doctors in his hometown State, National, International, posted by Jennifer, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm
President Obama met today with the doctors of the AMA and said that he will not cap malpractice awards which was met by boos from the doctors in attendance in his hometown of Chicago. Could it be he does not want to limit the awards because of the amount of money donated to politicians by the trial lawyers association? Somebody explain why an employer will want to continue to offer healthcare benefits if they have a choice of doing so or just letting everyone use the governments?
Posted by Stupid is as Stupid does, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2009 at 8:37 pm
Regardless if the employer subsidizes health care or you pay out of the pocket the REAL concern is that the quality of care will be diminished. Because care will have to be rationed, quality is going to go down. No way will the private industry be able to compete with "free care". Lowing the flow of dollars into the health care industry while extending coverage to 46 million more people will create a European-like system where medical care is limited.
Hospitals, if you are lucky enough to get in, will face budget cuts, doctors and nurses (if anyone still wants to purse such a career) will be spread even thinner. Equipment will be in shorter supply. Diagnostics will be rationed, as will the care to treat the diagnosis.
Jennifer, you may be able to keep your health plan just like politicians have "promised" but you'll find a significantly lower standard of care when you need it.
Posted by Dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on Jun 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm
Jennifer, your comment "...money donated to politicians by the trial lawyers association?" is so disingenuous. If the AMA doctors had clapped instead, then you would have STILL said something negative. Face it, damn if you do, damn if you don't...
Posted by Pleasanton Dad, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 2:54 am
I doubt we can achieve significant healthcare reform without first fixing the legal and insurance aspects, which add significant cost to the delivery of medical services. The cost of liability is built into the price of healthcare, and in the U.S. that amount is substantial. I believe in Obama's vision of improving what we have, but cost is one of the biggest issues he must face. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm skeptical of any significant change without addressing the high cost of malpractice.
Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 4:49 am
I found the most telling part of the speech to the AMA to be this part near the end:
**The other day, my friend, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, handed me a magazine with a special issue titled, “The Crisis in American Medicine.” One article notes “soaring charges.” Another warns about the “volume of utilization of services.” And another asks if we can find a “better way [than fee-for-service] for paying for medical care.” It speaks to many of the challenges we face today. The thing is, this special issue was published by Harper’s Magazine in October of 1960.**
50 years later and we're still hashing the same bull. Medical Care in the US has been declining. I'm lucky if I get as much time with my "Primary Care Physician" as I spent waiting for them to ultimately see me in the treatment room. I'd love a change. Anything has to be better than what we're getting now.
Posted by mooseturd, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 8:33 am
Get a grip. America’s health care system spends nearly twice as much per person as Canada’s. Yet our infant mortality rate is 40 percent higher than Canada’s, and American mothers are 57 percent more likely to die in childbirth than Canadian mothers.
Posted by Vancouver Yankee, a resident of another community, on Jun 16, 2009 at 8:48 am
All of you be careful what you ask for as I am currently and have been in Canada for over 3 years on assignment and I am here to tell you that there is a big gap in care. Things we take for granted in the states are not available up here. If you cannot sleep forget getting ambien or anything not addictive as they are waiting for the price to come down so it is affordable. Need an MRI? well get in line as it is a minimum of 6 months wait regardless of need. Have cancer? well wait until the confer for your cure. If terminal or low chance of survival. Forget chemo, radiation, or anything like that and you will just get plenty of drugs until you die. Government is extremely slow to pay so people who pay the doctors in cash out of their own pocket get the best and quickest response. Canadian's up here are just scratching their heads trying to figure out why we want our system to be like theirs.
Posted by Freedom ringer, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 10:00 am
Welcome to Socialism at its worst. Have you ever seen a government program work really efficiently and well? I have traveled and experienced the restrictions governments put on the care you get for your tax dollars. Free isn't free. Ask any Senior how they like Medicare? Learn the restrictions there, and you will understand. They still must buy a supplemental insurance. Further, if you are in the middle class, your Social Seccurity is taxed, too. We had the best medical care in the world, before insurance companies entered the scene. How do you think they finance all of the buildings and their investments? We still need competition and free markets to have good care and choices for the masses.
Posted by Don Person, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Addressing the A.M.A. President Obama was applauded many times and booed once according to the S.F. Chronicle. Why the spin in your headline? As a retired M.D., having been in private practice over thirty years and employed by Kaiser for seven, there is no question in my mind that national health care, based on the Kaiser model is the best solution to maintain quality care and control costs. Of course there are greedy, selfish doctors and health care providers as there are greedy, selfish people in every walk of life but after forty years of associating with hundreds of doctors and health care providers I found the great majority to be focused on patient care, not getting rich. President Obama has it right. Those opposed are intent on taking patients' money, not on patient care.
Posted by hmmmmmmmmm, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm
I just looked at the article and it was not written by the S.F. Chronicle but rather by the Associated Press so not sure where that came from and it was from where he was giving the speech and that was in Chicago where he was from and the article does say he was booed. I am not a doctor but recently spent a couple of weeks in the kaiser hospital in Walnut Creek and spoke with many of the doctors and none were for nationalised healthcare not a one of them. They all told me the biggest issue in their view to providing quality/affordable care was the high cost of malpractice insurance because of the ridiculous awards being given. They are afraid of getting sued so the primary care physical refers you to an othopedic doctor who has you take an MRI to confirm what the primary care suspected that you had a sprained ankle to begin with. In the meantime all of the racked up a few thousand in bills because they are so concerned about being sued. This was one of their examples not mine. They also told me that this is one of the reasons they work for Kaiser....protection.
Posted by NoGoodDem, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm
Thanks Vancouver Yankee for your comments about Canada's failures with regards to their approach to health care. Your comments pretty much validate what others have said about their experiences with socialized medicine.......But, please understand, we live in Pleasanton where none of us can afford private medical insurance. Besides, we Dems don't like anyone bashing anything our messiah, Obambi, supports.