Why weren't doctors asked to vote on whether they wanted ObamaCare? What kind of learned professional would want to be strapped to a DMV clerk?
7/9/12, "Report: 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting over Obamacare," Daily Caller, S. Nelson
"Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.
The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.
Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The newly passed health care bill increases the demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65....
“One of our primary concerns is that you’ve got an aging physician workforce and you have these new beneficiaries — these newly insured people — coming through the system,” he said. “There will be strains and there will be physician shortages.”"...
Only 17% of doctors are members of the AMA, the group that backed ObamaCare.
10/4/11, "AMA losing members in droves, less than 20 percent of US doctors support its agenda," NaturalNews.com
"The significance and credibility of the American Medical Association (AMA), an organization that allegedly backs physician interests and the promotion of public health, is quickly deteriorating. It is a fact that a mere 17 percent of US doctors are even members in the group anymore. Droves of current AMA members are now resigning, because of the group's open support for "Obamacare."
According to a recent Forbes report, nearly half of the doctors that have cancelled their AMA memberships in recent days say they did so primarily because of the group's support for the Obama administration's universal health care plan. And 87 percent of the AMA's remaining member physicians say they are against the health care bill as well, according to data gathered by physician recruitment firm Jackson & Coker."...
9/26/11, "Doctors And AMA Split Over Contentious Issue Of ObamaCare," Forbes, Sally Pipes
"For more than 160 years, the American Medical Association has served as the self-appointed chief lobbying group for doctors. But the AMA’s lofty status has been under threat over the last several years — and is under attack today. In fact, the AMA now only counts about 17% of doctors as members.
According to a new survey, the majority of doctors do not believe that the AMA represents their views and interests. Much of that dissatisfaction stems from the organization’s support for President Obama’s contentious health care reform package.
That shouldn’t be surprising. The AMA declares that its core mission is to “help doctors help patients.” But ObamaCare undermines that pursuit by making life harder for physicians and driving down the quality of care available to patients.
The survey — conducted by physician recruitment firm Jackson & Coker — is a brutal indictment of both the AMA and ObamaCare. Just 13% of doctors agree with their trade association’s support of the health reform law.
Some doctors are even dissociating themselves from the AMA. Of those who have terminated their membership, 47% cited the organization’s continued backing of the health care law as the primary reason. Increasingly doctors are turning to associations like Docs4PatientCare and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons that actually do represent their interests."...