Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Preview of Obamacare: Doctors abandoning Medicare

The Houston Chronicle reports on surveys showing that nearly half of Texas physicians are refusing to take new Medicare patients and another 100 to 200 a year have gone the next step and are dropping their existing Medicare patients:
“This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. “If Congress doesn't fix Medicare soon, there'll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress' promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken.”

More than 300 doctors have dropped the program in the last two years, including 50 in the first three months of 2010, according to data compiled by the Houston Chronicle. Texas Medical Association officials, who conducted the 2008 survey, said the numbers far exceeded their assumptions. [Emph. added]

What made Obama and his allies think that they could manage health care for all Americans when they knew full well that they could not find the funds to support Medicare by itself?

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