Obama made a very strange comment last night while trying to bolster support for socialized healthcare.
Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if they’re looking, and you come in, and you’ve got a bad sore throat, or 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.”
Now, that may be the right thing to do, but I’d rather have that doctor making those decisions just based on whether you really need your kid’s tonsils out or whether it might make more sense just to change; maybe they have allergies. Maybe they have something else that would make a difference.
“Forced”? Please. What an incredible statement. I couldn’t believe it. Obama was making one appalling point to support another appalling point.
Obama was saying there are sheikster doctors out there who decide patient treatments based on the amount of money they’ll make, not on what is best for the patient. Thus, government intervention is needed between doctor and patient.
Where is the AMA protecting its own against impunity from the president?
And where are the women’s groups up in arms about the unconstitutionality of this proposed healthcare legislation, which would potentially defy Roe v. Wade by interjecting the government between a woman and her doctor on the abortion decision?
More than that I was reminded of Obama’s opposition as state senator to a Born Alive companion bill requiring abortionists to get a 2nd opinion after aborting viable babies who survive. In that case Obama was incredulous to think abortionists couldn’t be trusted. Recall Obama was the only senator who ever argued against the Born Alive bills on the Senate floor. From pages 33-34 of the Senate transcript:
… [t]he only plausible explanation, to my mind, for this legislation would be if you had a suspicion that a doctor, the attending physician… (a) is going to make the wrong assessment, and (b) if the physician discovered, after the labor had been induced, that, in fact, he made an error, and, in fact, that this was not a nonviable fetus, but, in fact, a live child, that the physician, of his own accord or her own accord, would not try to exercise the sort of medical practices and measures that would be involved in saving that child….
But I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births. Because if these are children who are born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they’re looked after.
So back in the day Obama opposed legislation attempting to protect children from the doctors trying to kill them and these days is pushing legislation he says would protect children from doctors trying to make a fast buck. This man is so bizarre.