Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
General News

Obama's longtime doctor says healthcare reform plan falls short

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Tracy Goode     Permalink    (# of views)   No comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) , Add Tags  (less...)
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 8/2/09

Author 32265
Become a Fan
  (2 fans)
- Advertisement -

Obama's longtime doctor says healthcare reform plan falls short


Copyrighted Image? DMCA

He treated President Obama "" a "beloved" patient "" for 20-plus years. The White House plan doesn't reflect the president's ideals, he says.

- Advertisement -

Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune

Dr. David Scheiner of Chicago advocates a single-payer government system. He calls Obama's plan too timid, saying it reflects politics, not the president's ideals.

- Advertisement -

By Mike Dorning
July 29, 2009

- Advertisement -

Reporting from Washington -- The Chicago doctor who treated President Obama for more than two decades has a prescription for healthcare reform: a British- or Canadian-style single-payer system.

Dr. David Scheiner, 70, will advocate such a plan at a rally Thursday on the National Mall.

In an interview, he described the president as a "beloved" patient in "superb" health.

"He was always on time," Scheiner said. "He just sat in the waiting room with everyone else, even when he was a senator. He never went up to the desk and pulled rank."

But he criticized Obama's healthcare plan as too timid, arguing that the White House plan reflected politics more than the president's ideals.

"It's a bad program. I don't think it's what he feels in his heart is necessary. I think it's what he feels politically is the best way," said Scheiner, who acknowledged that he had not discussed the subject with Obama directly.

Scheiner argued that the "public option" Obama favors, in which a government-run insurance program would compete with private insurers, does not go far enough. The public option has been one of the most controversial parts of Obama's plan, with insurers and conservatives vigorously oppose it.

Scheiner said a single-payer government-run system would cut costs by reducing the administrative overhead that doctors and other health providers must maintain to meet complex reimbursement rules from different insurance companies. A government program also would have greater leverage in negotiating lower drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, he said.

He argued that such a system would lead to better care for lower-income people and end what he said was a pernicious insurance-industry practice: discouraging patients from getting necessary treatment by setting up obstacles, and boosting profits in the process.

"They make it frustrating so he doesn't get it easily and maybe he'll go away," Scheiner said. Critics' contention that a single-payer system would constrain patient choices is misplaced, he said.

"The government never gets in my way," he said. "Forty years I've been working [with] Medicare, never. Who gets in my way all the time? Private insurance companies. Somehow that message is not getting across."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-doctor29-2009jul29,0,2521586.story

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

I am just a person giving my opinion, although I have been accused of working for the Obama administration in voilation of the FTC (lol). I love reading differing views and trying to seek out the "needle" truth in the media "haystack". I'm (more...)
 

Tracy Goode Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Replying to "FROM A CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER" email

Mark Levine's Lie of the Day

Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon (Republicans and Democrats Respectively)

Obama's longtime doctor says healthcare reform plan falls short

Anti Big Government Tea Party Needs Economics 101.

Why are we always apologizing, and what are we apologizing for?