I may not be a doctor, but I get to play one in the Rose Garden?

We are accustomed to see people in white coats selling us nostrums
on TV, so we shouldn't be surprised to see the White House using a
similar tactic to sell the Health Care bill.

Yesterday, our Campaigner-in-Chief held another Photo Op to show that doctors overwhelmingly support his Health Care bill.


Those who did not show up in white coats were given one for the photo
shoot. Unlike free enterprise commercials, no disclaimer was made on
how many of those present do not have a medical practice.

Having given the standard pitch for the umpteenth time, Obama leaves for his next campaign stop.


Your tax dollars at work. Medical Astroturfing at its best.

Read the full story at the NewYork Post

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0 Responses to I may not be a doctor, but I get to play one in the Rose Garden?

  1. Gary says:

    David, I was interested in the slant of your post what with the reference to the Washington Post so I followed the link and realized the reason…The link goes to the New York Post.

    David responds: Thanks for catching my error. I wrote the post before I had my morning coffee.

  2. Zack says:

    Not really the right place to post this, but I thought it did a good job of pointing out why we need some reform in healthcare.


    The trend is interesting and as baby-boomers age this is going to get a lot worse. Add to this that I already hear of people needing to schedule months in advance for routine visits and you get an alarming picture of raising prices, increasing demand (likely to raise prices further) and no end in sight.

    One thing I wish was addressed better in proposals is litigation. I think that if a person is treated following documented best practices with no evidence that the failure was due to incompetence or error then the doctor should be protected against damages.

    In the case of leaving in a spacer or a clamp in after an operation or removing the wrong limb there is clear evidence of incompetence, but in many high risk procedures people choose to take risks then sue when they are not “lucky”.

    These suits then raise the costs for all other patients. For example between 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Yet most of those will end in malpractice suits despite the fact that many fetuses are just not viable. The malpractice insurance to be a maternity doctor is expensive enough that you have to do 50 deliveries a year just to pay for insurance premium. Only after the first 50 do you start to make any money.

    Similar problems exist in other fields with high emotional attachments. Ever wondered why risky procedures are so expensive? Well because the patient may be aware that there is a 10% chance of failure, or maybe a 30% chance of no improvement but you can bet that most will wind up suing when they don’t get better.

    Controlling litigation costs also reduces doctors doing protective over-testing which the removal of extraneous procedures reduces costs further.

    I only hope they eventually get around to that part of healthcare reform.

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