We had a good run

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters - Alexan­der Kale­nak Dar­ling­ton, Pa.

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.

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