Whoops (again.) Docs are resisting Obamacare. Is anyone (aside from Kathleen Sebelius, and maybe not even her) surprised? Excerpt:
New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.
A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.
Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.
Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.
“This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization. “There’s a lot of resistance. Doctors don’t know what they’re going to get paid.”
This, True Believers, is what happens when you have a major project of this depth and breadth designed and implemented by people who have never made anything. President Obama is an archetype: The lifelong public “servant” with no real-world experience, who has never made a product, provided a service, met a payroll, or actually done… well, anything. Ever.
In this sense the President has plenty of company. A root cause? A system that has allowed the rise of a permanent political class, in some cases even political dynasties. Our Republic was founded by brilliant men who abhorred the idea of ruling dynasties, and yet today we have Kennedys, Gores and Bushes placing generation after generation in public office.
Fortunately there are scribes out there of rare and abiding talent and eloquence who likewise point out these issues, and one of them is Dr. Charles Krauthammer. This article, though, is not written by him, but rather about him. Excerpt:
For more than three decades, millions have looked forward to reading his authoritative words every Thursday morning in the Washington Post and other media outlets. For the past decade or so, millions more tune in every weeknight to hear his resonant voice on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News. And now his new book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics is now flying off bookshelves.
In short, Charles Krauthammer matters.
To begin with, Krauthammer matters because he is a master of his craft. Whenever I read his column or listen to him hold court, it is a constant reminder that I can do better as a writer and observer and that perhaps one day I will.
I’ve long been an admirer of Dr. Krauthammer, even on those occasions when I disagree with him. In fact it may be on those occasions that I admire him the most, because even when I do not find him persuasive, I always find him thought-provoking, and we should never be afraid to critically analyze our own opinions – a capacity few people seem to have these days.
Dr. Krauthammer’s book is now on my (extensive) reading list. Look for a review in due time.