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Doc: Obama Favors Single-Payer System

A story from a few days ago, via the UK’s Telegraph:

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a town hall meeting about healthcare at the Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina July 29, 2009.

Barack Obama’s health reform plans are a bitter pill for his personal doctor

President Barack Obama’s personal doctor for more than two decades is bitterly disappointed by the health care reforms being pushed through Congress at the urging of his former patient.

By Leonard Doyle in Washington
25 Jul 2009

Dr David Scheiner remains a big fan of the man he treated for 22 years in Chicago. But does not believe the planned overhaul goes far enough to help the poor and uninsured, and will cost too much because of pressure from the health care industry.

The 71-year-old physician, who has treated low income patients for his entire career in the city’s Hyde Park neighbourhood, believes Mr Obama favours an NHS-style "single payer" system, but backed away under pressure from the health industry.

"He’s a pragmatist, he wants to get something done" Dr Scheiner told The Sunday Telegraph. "But this time he should have pushed back hard against the health care lobby."

He is bitterly disappointed in the way the reforms are being organised and says he was bounced from the invitation list to a White House event because of pressure from the health lobby.

"I was all set to go to an event, I got an email a few days before confirming it, and then suddenly I was told ‘there were too many people’ coming," he said. "I think they knew I was going to ask an awkward question about the single payer option."

He contends that the reforms winding their way though Congress "could bankrupt us because there are no real cost controls and the big beneficiaries will be private hospitals and insurance companies".

Dr Scheiner argues that Americans have been terrified by the advertising campaigns of what he calls the "medical industrial complex" into believing that they will lose their own health care coverage if a government-run plan is created.

Dr Sheiner’s concern is for the 46 million Americans who are uninsured today and who will be covered by a government-backed insurance scheme.

He says the system being created will be far more expensive than it needs to be, as a result of pressure from the health care industry, he says. "The insurance companies will also play a major role in the administration of the new public plan’," he said "and that’s going to be disastrous."

"I’m not sure he (Obama) really understands what goes on in primary care," Dr Scheiner said. "He doesn’t see all the pain; it’s so tragic out here. Obama’s wonderful, but on this one I’m not sure if he’s getting good advice."

The "single payer" system would cover everyone’s health care and eliminate the huge profits of specialists, hospitals and insurers, Dr Scheiner believes. It was doomed from the outset by being labelled "socialised medicine," however.

He said that Mr Obama was always "in magnificent health" and during the election campaign last year he vouched for the candidate’s "excellent" condition.

Of course Dr. Scheiner’s complaints are that Mr. Obama’s healthcare plan is not socialized enough.

Don’t worry, Doc. It will get there sooner than you think.

He contends that the reforms winding their way though Congress "could bankrupt us because there are no real cost controls and the big beneficiaries will be private hospitals and insurance companies".

Before you can say unfair competition, there will no longer be any private hospitals or insurance companies.

And the only beneficiaries will be the unions who run the hospitals and the rest of our healthcare system.

The unions, like the SEIU, who gave heavily to Mr. Obama and who worked tirelessly for his election.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Doc: Obama Favors Single-Payer System”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The “single payer” system would cover everyone’s health care and eliminate the huge profits of specialists, hospitals and insurers, Dr Scheiner believes. It was doomed from the outset by being labelled “socialised medicine,” however.

    Somehow, “Dr” Scheiner seems to be suffering from class envy. Profit is evil, so sayeth the liberal. Obviously, he’s not a specialist. If he was, he would undoubtedly have a different point of view.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Dr Sheiner’s concern is for the 46 million Americans who are uninsured today”

    Well, the good doctor bought into the 46 million uninsured bag of crap …

    “I’m not sure he (Obama) really understands what goes on in primary care,” Dr Scheiner said.

    Well, doc .. you can drop the “.. in primary care” tag – “I’m not sure he (Obama) really understands what goes on ..” with anything works just fine!

  3. proreason says:

    Let’s think about Doc Sheiner’s utopian desire for Socialized medicine.

    He’s 71, so his career as a doctor is essentially over,

    It’s likely that being a doctor for 40+ years, he is independently wealthy, and can afford any health care for himself that he wants. And of course, as a doctor himself, he wouldn’t have anything to worry about, even with an Acorn-trained doctor.

    So, he can indulge his utopian fantasies all he wants, with no downside to himself or his family at all, can’t he.

    Hypocrit.

  4. Petronius says:

    Dr Scheiner said, “‘Obama’s wonderful’…. He said that Mr Obama was always ‘in magnificent health’ and during the election campaign last year he vouched for the candidate’s ‘excellent’ condition.”

    Gosh. “wonderful” and “in magnificent health” and “excellent” condition. And Nerobama is a lifetime cigarette smoker. Wow. Must be a real tribute to Dr Scheiner’s healing skills. Or perhaps the divine Nerobama really is a god.


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