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The Senate's Doctors Speak Out Against Obamacare

8:30 AM, Oct 26, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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On the politicization of health care, Coburn and Barrasso write, "Section 6001” — Can anything with more than 6,000 sections be good? — “of the health overhaul prohibits hospitals owned by physicians from expanding,” and it denies “Medicare reimbursements to any physician-owned hospitals not certified by Medicare by the end of the year.”  The Washington Times has written that, in response, “the Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) identified 39 projects under development whose owners had canceled [them] outright,” at the cost of “roughly 25,000 jobs.”  

Coburn and Barrasso add that these senseless restrictions, or bans, on doctor-owned hospitals, would raise costs and reduce the quality of care:  “As the Times article notes, ‘physician-owned facilities tend to be economically efficient and deliver superior medical outcomes.’”

Beyond all this, the Senate’s doctors add that Obamacare “could accelerate the trend of physicians leaving private practice to work in a centralized hospital setting;” would create “a permanent disincentive against business growth,” in part by “creating perverse incentives for small employers,” who would often be penalized for hiring additional employees; would cause young adults’ insurance premiums to “spike dramatically” due to new mandates banning insurers from charging actuarially accurate rates to each age group, thereby forcing younger adults to subsidize the insurance of older (generally wealthier) adults; would bend “the ‘cost-curve’ up;” and would “blow a hole in the federal budget.”

Not bad for two years’ work on the part of this administration and Congress.  Of course, one word would fix all of this:  Repeal.

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