DOCBLOGGERS UNIMPRESSED BY OBAMACARE

Well, our new President has presented his health care “plan,” and most observers who actually work in health care have been underwhelmed. Here’s how it was received among those with a clue:

Kevin, MD points out, in the NYT, that coverage isn’t care:

President Obama made no mention of who exactly will take care of these patients, even if they get insurance under a successful health reform initiative.

Scalpel makes much the same point:

Guaranteeing coverage does not guarantee access, particularly when that coverage is pathetically insufficient.

Buckeye surgeon avers the following:

The “plan” (if that’s what you want to call it) is frighteningly devoid of any real details or specifics.

Whitecoat makes a good point about unavoidable tradeoffs:

Are we going to settle for free and timely care and take a hit in quality? Or are we going to get free and quality care that will be difficult to access?

Even a confirmed hopium eater like Shadowfax has concerns:

Though Obama has acknowledged the necessity of cost containment in health care as an integral element of health care reform, I do not see anything here which will do much to truly rein in costs.  

GruntDoc suggests a sane alternative to O’s plan: 

Give us a market, get Uncle out of the way (mostly), and let people decide on their care based on a true cost/benefit ratio.  There’s a real cultural transformation.

But my favorite post on Obamacare is by 911Doc who linked to this very prescient recording made long ago and far away:

Amen.

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