Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, in a Dec. 2011 survey "Physician Perspectives about Health Care Reform and the Future of the Medical Profession," available at www.deloitte.com, found:
"44% of all physicians feel the ACA is a good start, while an equal proportion feels it is a step in the wrong direction; 12% don't know."
Do Physicians Support Obamacare?
Virginia L. Hood, MD, Immediate Past President of the American College of Physicians, in a Mar. 26, 2012 article, "The Present and Future of the Affordable Care Act," available at www.acponline.org, wrote:
"The American College of Physicians (ACP), representing 132,000 internal medicine specialists and medical student members, is pleased to report that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in major improvements in access and coverage for tens of millions of Americans seen by internal medicine physicians. Considering that it is just a little over two years since the ACA was enacted into law, and many of its programs are not yet fully effective, the ACA has had notable success in improving health insurance coverage. Looking to the future, the ACA will ensure that nearly all legal residents in the United States will have access to affordable coverage beginning in 2014—if the law is allowed to be fully implemented."
Jeremy Lazarus, MD, President of the American Medical Association, in a June 28, 2012 press release, "AMA: Supreme Court Decision Protects Much-Needed Health Insurance Coverage for Millions of Americans," available at www.ama-assn.org, stated:
"The American Medical Association has long supported health insurance coverage for all, and we are pleased that this decision [Supreme Court decision retaining most of Obamacare] means millions of Americans can look forward to the coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy.
The AMA remains committed to working on behalf of America's physicians and patients to ensure the law continues to be implemented in ways that support and incentivize better health outcomes and improve the nation's health care system."
American Academy of Family Physicians, in a Mar. 16, 2011 statement to Congress, "Before the Senate Finance Committee Regarding Lessons Learned From a Year of Implementation of the Affordable Care Act," available at www.aafp.org, stated:
"The AAFP supported this legislation [Obamacare] for many reasons, not the least of which is its goal of achieving health coverage for nearly everyone in this country…
No one in this country should delay or forego needed care because of cost. Instead, we believe that the nation must:
Provide health care in the broadest sense rather than focusing only on sick care… Address the factors that drive up costs and lower quality… Build up the primary care physician workforce to meet the requirements of everyone who needs care.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act already has made important strides toward achieving these bold and life-saving goals. It will expand insurance coverage by about 30 million people. Although this still falls short of coverage for everyone, the number of uninsured people will be reduced by more than half. It will encourage better health delivery models, emphasize the high value of primary care, support research and demonstrations of what works and what is needed, and it will help evaluate methods for controlling health care costs and improving health care quality.”
Robert E. Moffit, PhD, Senior Fellow of the Heritage Foundation, in a May 11, 2010 Heritage foundation article, "Obamacare: Impact on Doctors," available at www.heritage.org, wrote:
"No class of American professionals will be more negatively impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act than physicians. Third-party payment arrangements already compromise the independence and integrity of the medical profession; Obamacare will reinforce the worst of these features. Specifically, physicians will be subject to more government regulation and oversight, and will be increasingly dependent on unreliable government reimbursement for medical services."
Marc Siegel, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Doctor Radio at New York University Langone Center, in a Mar. 2012 Fox News article, "What a doctor knows about ObamaCare," available at www.foxnews.com, stated:
"I can tell you as a practicing physician that the regulations and restrictions and red tape of health insurance (all increasing under ObamaCare) hamstring my office staff and interfere with my ability to take care of you."
Adam Frederic Dorin, MD, MBA, anesthesiologist and Founder/President of America's Medical Society, Inc, in a Jan. 17, 2012 Washington Times article, "Doctors vs. Obamacare: Can Your Physician Simply 'Opt-out'?," available at www.washingtontimes.com, wrote:
"A basic tenet of Obamacare is to force doctors to take untenable cuts in pay, all the while absorbing overbearing new regulations and mandates with little or no personal recourse."
Jackson & Coker Research Associates, in an Oct. 1, 2012 report "Physicians on the Presidential Election," available at www.jacksoncoker.com, wrote:
"When asked how they felt about the Affordable Care Act, 55 percent [of doctors] said 'repeal and replace' the new law while 40 percent said 'implement and improve' the ACA."
The Physicians Foundation, in the Sep. 2012 "Survey of America's Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives," available at www.physiciansfoundation.org, states:
"Over 59 percent of physicians indicate passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e., 'health reform') has made them less positive about the future of healthcare in America."