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Doctor Group Files Suit Attacking Health Care Reform

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Doctor Group Files Suit Attacking Health Care Reform

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md and patientA New Jersey doctors’ organization, New Jersey Physicians, has gone to court to block implementation of the health-care bill signed by President Obama. At least three suits were filed right after the bill was signed, claiming it was unconstitutional. Thirteen state attorneys general sued in federal court in Florida and Virginia’s attorney general sued there. The New Jersey complaint calls the new law “an unprecedented effort to collectivize health care nationally” and to “mandate that individual citizens of the sovereign states purchase insurance to pay for this collectivized health care.”

So let me get this straight. When a person lacks healthcare insurance but needs health care, we all pay a part of that bill. The costs are passed on to those of us with insurance. So what is different? Our company employees used to have healthcare insurance with a certain company, until last month. The new premium that was quoted for March 2010 to March 2011 was 33% higher than the prior 12-month contract. This increase was calculated before the passage of the healthcare reform bill. There were no changes in the number of people covered. We found a plan with a different company that was more affordable but still had a 25% jump in premium. Wouldn’t you like to raise the rates for your services by 33%?

A spokesperson for the New Jersey Physicians group said the doctors fear the new law will bring them more patients at lower rates of reimbursement, with every patient “a potential lawsuit.” This is a strange way to envision people who need health care. If healthcare providers follow the standard of care, establish rapport with their patients, answer their questions, and admit to mistakes, they don’t need to view each patient as a potential medical malpractice lawsuit. The caption under this cartoon reads: “We doctors do our best, Mr. Nyman. Nothing is more sacred to us than the doctor-plaintiff relationship.” Opponents of health care reform would have us believe this is a prevalent way of looking at patients.

Moira Mack, a White House spokeswoman, responded to the suits. “Opponents of health care reform failed in Congress and are now trying to sue the courts to get in the way of tax cuts for small businesses, expanding coverage to 32 million Americans, and ending generations of insurance company abuses. These challenges have no merit and they will not stop historic reform from taking place.”

Thirty-two million Americans will receive coverage. They will be treated for a chronic illness that cut lives short. They will be able to get prenatal care to deliver healthy babies. They will receive education on how to care for themselves. Children will receive immunizations. Think of the lives that can be saved. The scare tactics are disturbing.

Am I the only one disturbed by this? Share your thoughts.

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2 Responses to “Doctor Group Files Suit Attacking Health Care Reform”

  1. I agree with your observation that the cost of healthcare coverage has been steadily increasing, long before the passage of the healthcare reform.

    Passage of the reform package will be one more excuse for the insurance companies to raise rates yet again.

    Availability of insurance to everyone is sorely needed, but I’m wondering how the poor will be able to pay for what insurance is available. If there’s barely enough money to feed the family, there is still no money for insurance or meds.

    Many of the recently laid off here in Florida cannot get government assistance. And with the space program now threatened, and up to 9000 lay offs expected, I am curious how this program will assist these people.

    Using the idea that increased patients present a liability to medical practice is just an excuse. It is a sorry state when this is how providing medical care is viewed.

    Nurse Practitioners throughout this country will be stepping up to meet the demands of the medical/nursing care that the people of this country need.

    NP’s will increasing be primary care providers, as the role of the NP continues to expand, and the legislature moves to meet the legal demands of these increasing roles. Insurance companies, as well, will need to need to meet the credentialing needs of the NP so that we can meet the goals of our patients.

    Your thoughts are right on target, and I’m sure the courts will see through these scare tactics.

    Pat Goode ARNP/FNP

  2. I agree with your observation that the cost of healthcare coverage has been steadily increasing, long before the passage of the healthcare reform.

    Passage of the reform package will be one more excuse for the insurance companies to raise rates yet again.

    Availability of insurance to everyone is sorely needed, but I’m wondering how the poor will be able to pay for what insurance is available. If there’s barely enough money to feed the family, there is still no money for insurance or meds.

    Many of the recently laid off here in Florida cannot get government assistance. And with the space program now threatened, and up to 9000 lay offs expected, I am curious how this program will assist these people.

    Using the idea that increased patients present a liability to medical practice is just an excuse. It is a sorry state when this is how providing medical care is viewed.

    Nurse Practitioners throughout this country will be stepping up to meet the demands of the medical/nursing care that the people of this country need.

    NP’s will increasing be primary care providers, as the role of the NP continues to expand, and the legislature moves to meet the legal demands of these increasing roles. Insurance companies, as well, will need to need to meet the credentialing needs of the NP so that we can meet the goals of our patients.

    Your thoughts are right on target, and I’m sure the courts will see through these scare tactics.

    Pat Goode ARNP/FNP

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