Wednesday, June 23, 2010
In order to make Obamacare appear "deficit neutral," the Democrats chose not to fund the so-called "Doc Fix"...thereby putting into motion a 21% cut in payments to already underpaid doctors who provide medicare and medicaid services.
Despite their transparent cooking of the books, Obama and the dems are now demanding billions of dollars in new, unfunded debt to pay the doctors - claiming (accurately, if belatedly) that failure to do so "jeopardizes the health of elderly citizens."
A temporary funding measure is expected to pass...but in the interim, doctors will receive the new, lower payments and have to file additional reams of paperwork to eventually get the rest of what they're owed.
And more than ever before, they're saying "I'm mad as hell and I'm not taking it anymore."
New statistics show that record numbers of doctors are refusing to see medicare and medicaid patients. According to Lori Helm, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the doctors are saying "I can't afford to keep losing money."
So thanks to the Obama administration, tar balls aren't the only thing that are going to be collecting on beaches. There will also be a lot more retired doctors.