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IBD survey of 1,376 Physicians, plus Baucus bombshell

Will America ever get the real facts?

How representative is the AMA of physicians as a whole? IBD article reported that AMA only represents 18% of physicians. A shockingly low number if you ask me.

IBD did a recent survey and the revelations are quite shocking:

IBD Poll

Two-thirds, or 65%, of doctors say they oppose the proposed government expansion plan. This contradicts the administration’s claims that doctors are part of an “unprecedented coalition” supporting a medical overhaul.

wow, just wow.

The AMA, in fact, represents approximately 18% of physicians and has been hit with a number of defections by members opposed to the AMA’s support of Democrats’ proposed health care overhaul.

Shocking! That seems very very low from what is being represented in the Lame Stream Media. LSM.

Four of nine doctors, or 45%, said they “would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement” if Congress passes the plan the Democratic majority and White House have in mind.

Even if a tiny tiny fraction make good on their consideration, we’d be in huge trouble. Data shows we are already behind in the number of physicians coming online for the growth of health care, not to mention the free for all “all you can eat” buffet of health care demand if there is socialized medicine. I for one, if forced to participate will try to get my money’s worth by going to the doc for everything and anything.

More than seven in 10 doctors, or 71% — the most lopsided response in the poll — answered “no” when asked if they believed “the government can cover 47 million more people and that it will cost less money and the quality of care will be better.”

From 2003 to 2006, the number of active physicians in the U.S. grew by just 0.8% a year, adding a total of 25,700 doctors. Recent population growth has been 1% a year. Patients, in short, are already being added faster than physicians, creating a medical bottleneck.

The study found that, just with current patient demand, the U.S. will have 159,000 fewer doctors than it needs by 2025. Unless corrected, that would make some sort of medical rationing or long waiting lists almost mandatory.

Without a huge demand surge we are looking at a large shortage.

In 2006, Massachusetts passed its medical overhaul — minus a public option — similar to what’s being proposed on a national scale now. It hasn’t worked as expected. Costs are higher, with insurance premiums rising 22% faster than in the U.S. as a whole.

“Health spending in Massachusetts is higher than the United States on average and is growing at a faster rate,” according to a recent report from the Urban Institute.

Other states with government-run or mandated health insurance systems, including Maine, Tennessee and Hawaii, have been forced to cut back services and coverage.

This is why I advocate decentralizing our huge federal government and restoring power and budgets to the state and local level where they can be more responsive, and be held accountable much easier. 50 experiments in innovation, seeing what works, and what doesn’t.

The huge federal government taking over 1/6th of our economy is too huge of a gamble for a few propeller heads to mismanage.

Baucus Proposal

The Baucus proposal would impose, starting in 2013, a 35 percent excise tax on insurance companies for “high-cost plans” — defined as those above $8,000 for individuals and $21,000 for family plans.

Health economists believe a tax on high-priced benefits could help slow the growth of health costs by making consumers more sensitive to prices.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/09/dem-senator-warns-of-big-big-tax-on-middle-class-in-baucus-bill.html

So our all knowing government elites will tax us 35% for our own good to keep health care costs DOWN? Is it April fools day? Apparently it is quite often in the ivory towers of our ElectedElite in DC.

The Dems will be crying like schoolyard whining babies, “Well we tried to play nice(meaning REPS would have to agree with nearly everything) but since they don’t want to, its their fault I’m gonna throw a tantrum and screw up everything.”

Maybe we need this outrageous thing passed so we have a 50 million man march on DC to throw the bums out of office. What a disaster. I hope the silent majority continues to wake up and in time to save this country. For the first time in my life, age 42, I am truly worried about this country and my own government. It is shocking.

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