By Alan Bates, MD
Last week the liberal-controlled media was joined by another group of prostitutes for a photo-op at the White House Rose Garden. This group, purported to be ‘medical doctors’ representing the views of American physicians, were probably a combination of politically naïve medical students, MD-JDs and a few Lefties, who in reality represent the views of less than 5% of America’s physicians. Comically, the media showed many of them being dressed up in white lab coats by White House staff. What a deal now that drug companies no longer stop by doctors’ offices to distribute those free fountain pens and penlights! The purpose of the photo op of course was to rally support for the current healthcare overhaul bills which we physicians believe is like using a sledge hammer to kill a gnat in an otherwise insect-free room. The current proposed bills are an attempt by socialists in the Administration and Congress to control the medical care system in this country through a huge new bureaucracy and its attendant higher costs, backed by higher taxes extracted in some form from Americans---including the middle class and small businesses. The Republicans’ proposals have been covered in prior commentaries but repudiated as nonexistent by the Far Left (dishonesty we have come to believe in!).
As a practicing MD and member of the AMA for over 30 years, I and many other physicians have dropped out of that organization after realizing their impotence in achieving any meaningful tort reform through Congress. Tort reform remains the single most important CONTROLLABLE item contributing s to unnecessary healthcare costs in America, but is not included in the proposed Congressional bills thus far. We are the only nation on planet Earth where the legal system is allowed to plunder the healthcare system thereby resulting in higher costs for care when compared to other nations. But Congress is addicted to its subservient role as a puppet on the strings of America’s trial lawyers. At some point as medical resources contract amidst an increasing elderly population, Congress will be forced to make a choice.
The current socialist Administration and far Left majority in Congress show open disdain for American values which include personal liberties, limited government intrusion into our lives, and frugal spending of your money. The doctors who showed up at the Rose Garden were mere plants by the Obama White House in yet another attempt to fool viewers who witnessed this spectacle, which was nothing short of the usual trickery and deceit which we have come to expect from the White House.