Cardiologists strongly back Obamacare, worry over rocky start

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Egrenke wrote:

I often wonder how much was the buy out for these Cardiologists to agree to Obamacare a.k.a Affordable Care Act. It is neither affordable nor is it about care. Since it appears our President is so crooked in his appearance I have to only assume your organization to a bribe of some sort.

Nov 28, 2013 6:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
BlueOkie wrote:

Wait til they get their fees cut

Nov 28, 2013 10:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
neilc23 wrote:

Only the “village idiot” would imply that the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) the only way to address our nation’s health care.

Obama’s most respected “guru” on health care reform was Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Obama’s first Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel. He strongly differed with Obama on the nature of health care reform. Unfortunately, anyone who disagrees with Obama either leaves or is forced out the door.

Emanuel believed in universal health care but would allow the insured to keep their insurance when changing jobs, reduced co-pays for preventive health. He totally disagreed with Obama, who wanted a single-payer system. Why? “The biggest problem with single-payer is its failure to cohere with core American values. Single-payer puts everyone into the same system with the same coverage and makes it virtually impossible to add amenities and services through the private market.”

In effect, Obama does not believe in classic American values, e.g. competition, hard work and individual opportunity. Perhaps he doesn’t have confidence in capabilities the very people who voted for him.

Nov 28, 2013 10:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:

They must feel that it will enrich them. Greed.

Nov 28, 2013 11:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
jb1984rb wrote:

Cardiologists strongly support…

more than 20 interviewed – so I ask questions of 20 people in any given profession, and their answers form a national consensus.
Very scientific.
By the way – the American Heart Association claims 30,000+ members.

Nov 28, 2013 11:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
Big2Tex wrote:

Oh, so 20 cardiologists who support wellness over treatment speak for all cardiologists in expressing strong support for Obamacare. What a joke. How much was Reuters paid to run this distorted, propaganda retort of utter nonsense?

Nov 28, 2013 12:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Cardiologists have dollar signs in their eyes. They love ObamaCare because it will make them even richer.

Like all trade associations, the American Heart Assn. is in the business of declaring emergencies and crises that only its well-paid members supposedly can solve.

Preventive care should be paid for by patients out of their disposable incomes, not by tax payers or insurers who charge fees to hold their money until claims are filed. Insurance should cover only catastrophic losses, not preventive care screening or maintenance drugs.

It is groups like the AHA, the American Hospital Assn., the American Medical Association and AARP that put their greed for money and political power ahead of the needs of some 6 to 10 million people who can’t afford to buy catastrophic health insurance. Their greed has made health insurance unaffordable and is killing jobs outside of the health care industry.

Nov 28, 2013 2:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hkrieger wrote:

The chiropractors should also back Obamacare.

Nov 28, 2013 2:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
prudentmancfa wrote:

Your 20 sample tells it all. How many looks did it take to find those who meet your agenda?

Nov 28, 2013 7:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
prudentmancfa wrote:

Obama is on record as wanting Universal Healthcare, a/k/a Socialized Medicine, for decades. Obamacare uis his Trojan Horse to get there. He didn’t and still doesn’t have support of Democrats in Congress.

If you are not aware of the facts you should rethink your uneducated views as most Americans get it.

Nov 28, 2013 8:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

prudentmancfa: Of course he wants universal healthcare. Doesn’t everyone? Any rational, civil human being wants universal healthcare. Don’t you? We’re the only country stupid enough not to have universal healthcare among the developed nations. Ours is also the most expensive and least efficient. Ours is about making big profits for a few people. Healthcare is too important. The first priority needs to be making sure all Americans have access to affordable healthcare, like all other developed countries, not someone’s profits.

Nov 28, 2013 10:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
YoungTurkArmy wrote:

Our Canadian healthcare works for all and is affordable. Your American healthcare doesn’t and isn’t. We need to build a cultural wall to keep your ideas out.

Nov 29, 2013 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
YoungTurkArmy wrote:

Our Canadian healthcare works for all and is affordable. Your American healthcare doesn’t and isn’t. We need to build a cultural wall to keep your ideas out.

Nov 29, 2013 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse

That’s it, push those statins, baby. Everybody wins.

Nov 29, 2013 10:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

YoungTurkArmy: Obviously Canadians are smarter than Americans, though about half of us would prefer a system like Canada has, or like any other country in the developed world but ours has. As with the majority of America’s problems, it’s the conservatives. They are too easily influenced by the propaganda put out by corporations that are making obscene profits on our stupidity and our unwillingness to regulate them it ways that best serve the people. We no longer practice democracy here in the US. It’s a plutocracy.

Nov 29, 2013 1:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
redbob wrote:

There’s more misunderstanding than understanding with the ACA. Sec 1115 states that no individual needs to take part in it with no penalty . It also states that self insured entities do not apply to ACA/Hobby Lobby is self insured. So, what it says and where the tyrants are going with this is amusing/pathetic

Nov 29, 2013 4:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ihavenone wrote:

I wonder if Dr Mcfalls realizes that the American capitalistic system is based on a society where “it’s every man for himself” and “winner takes all”. A society that takes care of both the young and the old sounds too socialistic for most Americans who are in a position to pay the resulting cost. Only those who can pay have political power in the American system.

Nov 30, 2013 8:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
ihavenone wrote:

I wonder if Dr Mcfalls realizes that the American capitalistic system is based on a society where “it’s every man for himself” and “winner takes all”. A society that takes care of both the young and the old sounds too socialistic for most Americans who are in a position to pay the resulting cost. Only those who can pay have political power in the American system.

Nov 30, 2013 8:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:

When it comes to the disaster of the AHC Website, it was the Republicans that said it was not ready for rollout and they were correct. Republicans told the truth but Obama did not care about the people. Obama only cares about himself. Obama is constantly changing the thing trying to correct a disaster that will never do what his supporters were told it would do. Obama consistently lies about everything and then goes in to his cover-up routine. For those that disagree, just wait and see what happens with this.

The warning signs were out there a long time ago, more specifically when Pelosi said you have to pass it to find out what is in it. She also said that you have to join to find out what it is. In this country that has produced the best and most desired form of government and economy there is a saying, “Let the buyer beware”. Caveat Emptor cannot happen with the Obama administration supported by jokers like Pelosi, Reid and Schummer. The Obama administration is destroying all that was built by American Patriots who have sacrificed for it. Obama is disgusting and should resign now.

Nov 30, 2013 9:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:

Dear Flashrooster,
No one listens to you anymore. That Kool aid you drank has left you in the Pelosi, Reid, Schummer and Obama camp of dreamers that will eventually destroy the country.

Nov 30, 2013 9:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
DbPolk wrote:

“My take on this is we’re already spending the money but it’s not being used appropriately,” said Talbert, referring to the costly use of emergency rooms for primary care.
If serious advances in preventive care are not undertaken, the cost of treating heart disease alone could triple to $818 billion by 2030, according to the AHA.

Therein are 2 reasson why aca is a good start. Is reading and cognitive thought that difficult for some?

Nov 30, 2013 12:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
PaulBradley wrote:

Preventive care is the MOST important step that not only assures early detection but also effective care for people’s lives and saving a lot of money . . .

Those of you that can’t understand this are simply selfish heartless individuals. I guess you have to experience the suffering that millions of Americans are going through before you change your ‘tune’ . . .

Nov 30, 2013 1:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

It’s amazing that if you even discuss Obama and don’t agree with him the race card is thrown. The silliest thing about it is that Obama is HALF WHITE soooooooooooo the race card throwers are actually the racist ones since they deny his white mother and white upbringing.

The idea that disagreement with Obama’s politics automatically makes one a racist is 100% unfounded and meant to rally only the most ignorant of people. If you truly believe that everyone (or even a large part of the people) that apposes Obama is racist then YOU are the racist in the room.

Now that I have responded to all the race card throwers. I will say….20 doctors? Doesn’t sound like a majority of doctors.

Nov 30, 2013 3:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1DukeZ wrote:

In NY, everyone is required by law to have their car inspected for safety. I did a search and found that many states had this requirement and eventually dropped it because it was essentially ineffective. Now on to preventive care. Think about it. We’re going to pay so that everyone in this country can get an inspection for some major illness. Considering the numbers, it will bankrupt the whole system. By the way, if I go to some doctor for my annual preventative care exam and he tells me I’m OK. Then,the next day I have a fatal heart attack,can he be sued for negligence??

Nov 30, 2013 4:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JohnSkookum wrote:

“Cardiologists” do not strongly back Obamacare. A sample of 20 cardiologists interviewed at the scientific session of a professional society meeting backs Obamacare.

This is a very unrepresentative sample of cardiologists. Academic physicians, as opposed to private practice physicians, are more likely to be salaried governmental employees, and far more likely to be Obama supporters in the first place.

Interviewing this tiny handful of people and then blithely saying that “cardiologists” back Obamacare is as great an act of journalistic malpractice as interviewing the employees in your local Post Office, and then saying “Working people support Obamacare.”

Nov 30, 2013 6:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JohnSkookum wrote:

“Here we go again. Obama’s not one of us, doesn’t believe in real American values, bla, bla, bla. Your racism is coming through loud and clear.”

If opposing Obamacare on principle is racist, then sign me up for the Ku Klux Klan. This sort of hate speech no longer works on me.

Nov 30, 2013 6:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
arealdoc wrote:

Only 20 cardiologists polled? Not very scientific. In my state I have spoken to at least 35 fellow cardiologists, the overwhelming majority of whom DO NOT support this horrible legislation.

Does the US health system need change – OF COURSE. But any change in the system needs to include tort reform, an emphasis on personal patient responsibility, and prevention. None of which is in this law.

Get ready for the transformation into a European, two tier system with waiting for the most basic of health care.

Dec 02, 2013 9:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
david7134 wrote:

They sampled 20 people. Man, that was some statistical analysis. I am a cardiologist and can tell you that Obamacare in all aspects is a disaster. Note, there is no such thing as preventative care. Get that concept through your heads. Next time, just go ask the janitors what they think.

Dec 02, 2013 10:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
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