SCOTTSDALE, AZ: Dr. Joseph M. Scherzer has informed his patients that unless Obamacare is repealed he will no longer to be able to treat them. He reports that the stress of the new requirements will force him and many of his colleagues to retire early or simply quit practice.
Scherzer said the bill’s emphasis on punitive measures for physicians not following government-prescribed treatment methods under Medicare would increase his anxiety level to the point he would no longer be able to practice medicine. The maximum fine was previously $10,000; under the bill it will now be capped at $50,000. Scherzer said the fine system makes seeing a Medicare patients a difficult and stressful exercise.
“Doctors have actually committed suicide over these things. There’s no insurance to cover it,” Scherzer said, calling the fine system “tremendously complicated and Frankensteinian.” “It’s absolutely impossible to be certain you’ve complied. I feel like when I see a Medicare patient I have the Sword of Damocles hanging over my head.”
Dr. Scherzer reported his experience with Medicare to Neil Cavuto on Fox this afternoon. He said that when Medicare become so unmanageable he discontinued taking Medicare. As a result he lost 90% of his Medicare patients. It is his experience that unless a patient has insurance he will not be able to be treated, so going to a cash basis with his practice once Obamacare goes into effect will not be an option.
What will the government do when more and more doctors leave their practices? There are not enough doctors now and throwing 30 million more patients into the system won’t make it any better. Is it Obama’s plan to force the doctors to practice medicine? Maybe that’s why he says he needs a national police force.
Mr. Voice of Reason, Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson accused Dr. Jack Cassell of racisim when he put up an anti-Obamacare poster on his door (full story here). Grayson went on to file charges with the Florida medical licensing board.
“Well, in fact, where he lives, in Mount Dora, which is in my district, many, many of the Democrats who live in Mount Dora happen to be African-Americans,” Grayson said on CNN. “So, by saying that he will not treat somebody who supported Obama, he’s saying that he’s not going to treat a large number of African-Americans in the community.”
“How many people walked in — walked up to his front door, saw the sign, and turned away?” he asked. “How many people referred from other physicians in the community, including primary care physicians, how many patients saw that sign and walked away?”
Asked what kind of punishment Cassell should receive, Grayson said “Well, whatever the medical authorities think he should get. But it is a clear violation of ethics, and it’s a particularly ugly one. Why is it that the right wing is so preoccupied with denying people health? Why is that?” TheHill.com
Grayson is as dumb as he is bigoted. How could Dr. Cassell be charged with racism since he set up his practice in Mount Dora, who according to Grayson himself is an African-American community. If the doctor didn’t want to treat blacks why would he pick such a neighborhood for his practice?
Democratic Congressman Phil Hare (IL) explains his lack of interest in the Constitution in the clip below. The video has plenty of time before and after his comment so you can see it in context. While well-meaning, his point of view is one that is unconstitutional and if followed will lead to the destruction of freedom and the American way of life. It will also lead to the deterioration of healthcare as socialist countries have proved over and over again.
We need more citizen journalists like Adam Sharp, a member of the St. Louis Tea Party, who caught this on tape.
Do Democrats value life? It depends on whether it happens to be their life. Cave-in Stupak said this when he was interested in protecting life:
“If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more. That’s one of the arguments I’ve been hearing,” Stupak says. “Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue — come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we’re talking about.” AIP News
Do you remember when Sarah Palin was demonized for suggesting that the healthcare package would result in death panels? Well to hear Paul Krugman tell it, she was not only right, but it will be an excellent way to save money.
You had better find you a good doctor now, like Dr. Jack Cassell, a Florida urologist who decorated his door with the picture above. When contacted he clarified that he would of course see anyone needing help as long as he could remain in practice, which could prove doubtful under Obamacare.
HAVANA: President Obama earned kudos from Comrade Fidel Castro on Thursday for passage of the Healthcare bill. Castro is understandably excited for America to follow Cuba’s model of excellence in health care:
Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform “a miracle” and a major victory for Obama’s presidency, but couldn’t help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago.
“We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama’s) government,” Castro wrote in an essay published in state media, adding that it would strengthen the president’s hand against lobbyists and “mercenaries.”
But the Cuban leader also used the lengthy piece to criticize the American president for his lack of leadership on climate change and immigration reform, and for his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, among many other things…
“It is really incredible that 234 years after the Declaration of Independence … the government of that country has approved medical attention for the majority of its citizens, something that Cuba was able to do half a century ago,” Castro wrote. AP
Don’t worry, Fidel. Climate change and immigration legislation is right around the corner. We know how important those issues are to you revolutionaries.
Look for more accolades to come from other dictators and thugocrats as Obama and the Progressives suspend the Constitution and establish their totalitarian government here in the USSA.
Why would Vice President Joe Biden come to Cincinnati to help raise funds for Ohio 1st District U.S. Congressman Steve Driehaus?
It has been reported that voting for the Health Care Bill would be a problem for some in Congress in terms of reelection this fall, and maybe later. However, it won’t be a problem for Steve Driehaus. Just days before the vote was to be held for the Health Care Bill, Joe Biden comes to Cincinnati to help raise funds for a guy who couldn’t get elected “Dog Catcher.” Joe knows that. Joe also knows, “If you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.”
Is it possible an inside deal of some sort could have happened? It is a fact, that Steve Driehaus suddenly changed his vote and supported the Health Care Bill.
To quote an American Communist “If it looks like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck”.
As more details about payoffs emerge we encourage our readers to report them here at the NIP.
JAMES SIMPSON: There are not enough derogatory adjectives in the dictionary to describe Bart Stupak. This one, lone, “principled” Democrat caved today on the most nonsensical promise of all: that the President could actually write an executive order that trumps legislation. Astonishing! Has he ever read the Constitution? If he and the Democrats believe this will work, then they believe that the President is in fact a despot and can rule by decree. At this point, that assumption may not be far off the mark. If they don’t believe it, well…
But that latter bet is not far off, it turns out. Don’t know how we missed it, but this video (HT Hanen) from last fall reveals that Stupak was all set to vote for the bill all along, regardless the abortion provision. He played it hard to the end, but it appears now it was all theatrics. Watch him explain to a sparse but very disappointed audience last october how he would vote “his conscience” even if the healthcare bill excluded the abortion ban:
In another interview with Fox’s Megyn Kelly around the same time, Stupak was essentially calling the President and Democrat leaders liars. He was bluff and confident, claiming he and his “pro-life” Democrats could kill the bill in November. Kelly expressed surprise that he would challenge the President’s words, pointing out that Stupak was no “blue dog” Democrat, but presumably an Obama supporter, and had a 95 percent liberal rating from Americans for Democratic Action. Read more…
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