Doctors refuse to participate in Obamacare

stern-doctorA higher number of New York physicians dislike President Obama’s signature health care law than even the general public — and many are now refusing to participate.

Forty-four percent of the 409 physicians surveyed by the New York Medical Society said they will refuse to accept patients insured through the Affordable Care Act exchange, the New York Post reported.

Another 33 percent of physicians responding said they were still undecided on what to do, leaving a paltry 23 percent saying they will accept Obamacare patients.

Three-fourths of those 23 percent said they are doing so because existing contracts with insurers or providers force them to participate.

“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.”

The Post reported:

Nearly eight in 10 — 77 percent — said they had not been given a fee schedule to show much they’ll get paid if they sign up.

The survey invited doctors to anonymously share opinions about the new health care law, and many took time out of their busy days to vent.

The emailed responses were instructive.
“Obama Care wants to start right away, but who [will] see all these new patients???? Not me,” one physician said.

“I plan to retire if this disaster is implemented. This is a train wreck,” said another.
A third said: “I refuse to participate in the exchange plans! I am completely opposed to this new law.”

And there was this statement, echoing former first lady Nancy Reagan: “The solution is simple: Just say no.”

Numerous reports of health insurance policy cancellations make it clear that President Obama can’t keep one-half of the promise he made to the American people when he said, “If you like your present plan, you can keep your plan — period.”

The physician survey also makes it clear he can’t keep the other half of the promise that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor — period.”

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