Theodore's World: Doctors Ready To 'just say no'

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August 26, 2009

Doctors Ready To 'just say no'

Doctors ready to 'just say no'

The Washington Timies

Majority won't accept new patients under government plan

By Dr. Alfred Bonati

(Dr. Alfred Bonati is the head of the American Society of Medical Doctors and founder of the Bonati Institute. He is the creator of the patented Bonati Procedure for laser spinal surgery.)

My fellow physicians and I share one interesting thing in common with professionals in the federal government: We all take an oath relating to our jobs.

A physician pledges to "apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism." We also pledge to "remember that [we] do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability."

A federal employee pledges to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic ... ."

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Will the federal employees who implement a government-run health care option begin to take the Hippocratic Oath in addition to their traditional oath of office?

Will federal bureaucrats pledge to keep in mind the human consequences of their decisions? Will they pledge, as doctors do, to "remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug"?

I suspect they will not.

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President Obama has said over and over that if you like your doctor you'll be able to keep your doctor. This is patently false. If a physician opts not to sign on to a government-run option, and the government-run plan is what you're stuck with, you will lose your doctor. It's as simple and as terrible as that.

The moral lines drawn by my oath are very clear to me. I know they cannot be honored when working with a government system. I will stand my ground and refuse to work with a plan run by people who do not share my oath. Research indicates I am not alone in this position -- but am, in fact, in the majority.

Wild Thing's comment........

Will the Obama administration NOW decide for doctors just what patients they will treat?....of course they will. They will threaten the loss of the medical license of those who do not toe the socialized medicine line.

I am guessing these doctors do not want to depend on the government to pay them.... Like the auto dealers that are waiting and waiting and waiting to be repaid for cash for clunkers

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at August 26, 2009 03:48 AM


It is pretty much over, Obama. You have too much against you and now, with Kennedy dying, you don't have your precious filibuster proof congress anymore. Your little minions must be going apeshit over his passing. We don't want "assembly line medical care." We don't want a doctor who is trained in OB/GYN treating us for a broken bone. We want our own family doctors and when we need a specialist, one who is trained in what we need treatment in.
Stop interfering where you don't belong.

Posted by: Lynn at August 26, 2009 08:17 AM

I want to live long enough to be able to piss on Blowbamas grave.

Posted by: Eddie (Locked & Loaded) at August 26, 2009 10:15 AM

Eddie - bring a lot of reading material, that will be a long line.

Like the lines we will all be in if obama's health care plan is passed. There will be a shortage of physicians. Right now some physicians won't accept Medicare patients because of the too low fees that Medicare allows. But at least Medicare does not tell the doctors how to practice medicine. obamaCare will lower fees and tell physicians how they must practice medicine. The compassion, art and science of medicine will become the ruled and regulated rationing of medicine.

Posted by: TomR at August 26, 2009 11:20 AM

The current shortage of doctors will go up because once Obama care is enacted those Canadian doctors practicing here will have no place to make a living. As for being compassionate, most of the doctors I've know lean left, some radically, they support, even push, the crap Obama preaches, maybe they have cut their own throats in the process of social engineering for the patients, forgetting that they are part of the problem.
Most tests are done for defensive medicine, to get a consensus from other doctors and laboratory technicians to support the original diagnoses and prevent lawsuits. Just went through that on Thursday of last week and again on Monday of this week, the diagnosis is still pending for my mother in law, that's half a day in the ER and the followup with a nurse practitioner, yet all without a definitive answer. We get the human guinea pig treatment to cover the doctors ass and feed the tort lawyers. She's doing well but we'd like a definite medical answer.

Posted by: Jack at August 26, 2009 12:16 PM

Jack - several years ago we here in Texas had a tort reform proposition to vote on. It would limit medical malpracice suits. I forget the amount but I think it was actual damages plus $250,000. The doctors spent money for and the lawyers spent money against it. The proposition was a classic doctors vs lawyers thing.

Of course the public was torn. Almost everybody knew someone who had suffered from a medical error. Everyone also knew how greedy and dirty so many lawyers are. The final tally was decided by barely one-half of a percent. The lawyers lost. As a result Texas now has a higher percent of doctors to patients than most states. It also shows how ill thought of lawyers are. The downside is that when lawyers are out of work, they run for public office.

Posted by: TomR at August 26, 2009 02:51 PM

President Barack Hussein Embalmer? I'm on a roll Wild Thing! This stuff just comes to me after I take my VA medication in a prozac and prune juice cocktail, shaken, not stirred? I missed you guys.

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 26, 2009 07:36 PM

Now they are going to name is after the Chappaquidic Tuna, and try to get a sympathy vote to pass it. In honor of the crookedest bastard in the Senate. Self serving sons of bitches.

Posted by: Mark at August 26, 2009 07:41 PM

Sometimes I feel like no way will this
deathcare bill be passed. But most of
the time I am terrified it will be.

Oh my gosh that would be so horrible
to name it after Kennedy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 27, 2009 12:51 AM