Democrats deceived the AMA about the doc fix and now are deceiving voters about how they’ll pay for even this four-week reprieve.
“One of the tragi-comic sideshows of passing ObamaCare was the Democratic attempt to buy off the American Medical Association by promising a permanent fix to the Medicare payment formula for doctors. Apparently permanent is four weeks. … In sum, Democrats deceived the AMA about the doc fix and now are deceiving voters about how they’ll pay for even this four-week reprieve. And they’re dumping the $250 billion bill on the Republicans. … The doctor-payment charade has served both parties since it was created in 1997 as a palm-greaser for campaign contributions and to disguise the real costs of Medicare as part of the Bill Clinton-Newt Gingrich balanced-budget deal. But these Democratic abuses are something else. ... Imagine if a private insurer pulled these stunts. … A more stable payment system that reflects the real costs of delivering medical care while reining in federal health spending would mean dumping the Medicare price-control model that has led to the current mess. … Maybe now that the AMA has been exposed as fools one more time, the new leaders will support genuine reform.”
—Wall Street Journal “Most members of Congress wait until after the swearing-in before turning the hypocrisy knob past 11. Not Andy Harris ... a physician who ran his 2010 campaign on a pledge to thwart ObamaCare. Harris’ website boldly states, ‘The answer to the ever rising cost of insurance is not the expansion of government-run or government-mandated insurance but, instead, common-sense market-based solutions that ensure decisions are made by patients and their doctors’ … Harris’ ignorance of reallife healthcare issues has made him an object of ridicule. He’s an easy target, the leader for the clueless folks attending anti-healthcare reform rallies with signs warning to keep the government’s hands out of Medicare. There’s a better role for Harris. Now that the Maryland doctor has seen life from the other side of the healthcare equation, he can rethink his strident opposition. Now that he can better see the difficult choices millions of Americans face daily under our dog-eat-dog private health insurance system, he can advocate for a government that sees its citizens as more than customers for those generous donators to congressmen, the health insurance industry.”
—Anniston (Ala.) Star