We had a good run
We the physicians are like the unions representing the steel workers of the ’60s, and the autoworkers of the ’80s, blind to the fiscal realities of the business that we are in (“COBRA subsidies, doc-pay measure OK’d,” Daily Dose, March 10).
By buying into Medicare in the ’60s, we have had a very profitable run for the past 40-plus years, but now the organization that has been bankrolling a large portion of our revenue stream has serious fiscal problems: the federal government.
We should not expect that the government will continue down the path of funding Medicare as it has, and, in fact, we should all hope that government gets out of healthcare altogether. We should not tie our financial fortunes to an organization as dysfunctional as the U.S. Congress.