70 percent of specialty doctors oppose health-care reform proposals

The American Society of Medical Doctors (ASMD) today released a nationwide, nonpartisan poll* of physicians showing that:

  • 70 percent of specialty doctors oppose current Congressional and White House proposals for health-care reform;
  • 66 percent believe that a government-run health insurance plan would restrict doctors' ability to give the best advice and offer the best care possible to their patients; and
  • More than 60 percent would not accept new patients with government insurance (including 27% who would not accept any patients on the new government plan).

Chairman of the ASMD, Alfred O. Bonati, M.D., said that, "As a physician, the results of this poll are not surprising to me. Any doctor who has ever dealt with Medicare knows that government coverage severely limits our abilities to deliver care that best fits the needs of the patient and the patient's family. We know that government coverage does not allow for flexibility, creativity, or, sometimes, even compassion."

"I hope this research will serve as a wake-up call to policy makers," Bonati said. "Doctors are against the creation of government-run health insurance and many of us will not accept new patients with that type of coverage."

ASMD spokeswoman, Holly Pitt Young, noted that, "When it comes to our health, we listen to our doctors. Now it's time for Congress to do the same." Pitt Young also highlighted the political orientation of the poll's participants. "More than 60 percent of the doctors in this poll described themselves as moderate, somewhat liberal or very liberal. When a group like that agrees with conservatives, it seems that something awfully important is being said."

*The poll was conducted on August 7th, 2009, by WRS Opinion Research on behalf of the ASMD. Detailed results can be found at www.theasmd.org.

Dr. Bonati is the founder of The Bonati Institute and creator of the patented Bonati Procedure for laser spinal surgery. He lives and practices medicine in Hudson, Florida.


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  1. asdf adsf asdf adsf United States says:

    "The American Society of Medical Doctors (ASMD)"
    It's a tainted poll. What location was the poll taken in? And bleh... You can't trust all statistics.

  2. B. Johnson B. Johnson United States says:

    Given the federal Constitution's silence about public healthcare, the 10th Amendment automatically reserves government power to regulate healthcare to the states, not the Oval Office and Congress.  So the federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate and lay taxes for public healthcare.

    In fact, regarding intrastate commerce in general, Thomas Jefferson clearly indicated that Congress has no power to regulate intrastate commerce.

    "For the power given to Congress by the Constitution does not extend to the internal regulation of the commerce of a State, (that is to say of the commerce between citizen and citizen,) which remain exclusively with its own legislature; but to its external commerce only, that is to say, its commerce with another State, or with foreign nations, or with the Indian tribes." --Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson's Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank : 1791. avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/bank-tj.asp

    But more specifically to healthcare, the USSC has already decided that Congress has no authority to regulate medicine.

    "Direct control of medical practice in the states is obviously beyond the power of Congress." --Linder v. United States, 1925. http://supreme.justia.com/us/268/5/case.html

    The bottom line is that perversions of the Commerce clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) by FDR's pro-big federal government, outcome-driven justices is what has gotten us into the big federal government mess that we now have.

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