That’s Right Nate

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Latest CBO Study Finds Major Flaw In Obama Care

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The most recent Congressional Budget Office study finds that a strong public option would save $85 billion more than a system that uses triggers like the Blue Dog Democrats would prefer.    The key is that a strong public option would be tied to medicare rates and would only pay doctors about 5% over what they make treating medicare patients.  The strong public option would save $110 billion dollars compared to $25 billion for the weaker plan.

The comments section of Ezra Klein’s article in today’s Washington Post Online was filled with angry reaction today as people pointed out that a public option was unfair to doctors.   Readers posted comments like “how about we just put guns to doctors heads and force them to perform surgery on us? That’d probably save even more money, no???” and “does CBO also give statistics as to how many doctors would shut their doors with this reimbursement??”.   To me this is the real beauty of the conservative movement in this country—caring about the less fortunate even when they won’t stand up for themselves.    We have frequently gone to bat for insurance companies and now we’re coming to the aid of doctors even though 73% of doctors are in favor of the public option.

It is imperative for us to stand up for these doctors’ rights against their wishes not simply because it’s the right thing to do, but also because the other 27% of doctors who prefer no public option, could close up their practices and either go back home to whatever country they came from or leave medicine for some other more lucrative field.   As a country, let’s agree to stand up for the rights of doctors no matter how much they oppose us doing so.


Written by thatsrightnate

September 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm

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  1. We must stand up for the minority – not just 27% of doctors, but all the people who got outvoted last election! We cannot cave to the tyranny of the vast majority who support a Public Option, especially not if it involves saving billions of dollars at the expense of the upper middle class!


    September 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm

  2. Well said Dotlizard


    September 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm

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