The CEO of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Noseworthy, was last heard recommending patients fire their physicians suffering from burnout. While he does not have truckloads of compassion or empathy for colleagues; he is, at least, honest. Dr. Noseworthy recently confessed, “We’re asking … if the patient has commercial insurance, or they’re Medicaid or Medicare patients, and they’re equal that we prioritize the commercial insured patients enough so … We can ...

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Uncertainty surrounding health system reform and the future of the Affordable Care Act has left many physicians with questions about how current proposals will affect them and their patients. Stakes could not be greater for patients who may again face the stark, life-or-death choices arising from the possible loss of health insurance. As a longtime member of the American Medical Association's Board of Trustees and a former president of the ...

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At this point, much has been made of the health care bill the Republican administration has put forth to replace the ACA. We’ve heard the details of the bill, we’ve seen the numbers. We know that the U.S. Congressional Budget Office has forecast that 24 million more people will be uninsured by 2026 if House Representatives replace the ACA with the current bill proposed by the Trump administration. We know ...

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As a doctor, I am guided by the code of medical ethics. The code is made of up of four principles: autonomy, justice, do good and do no harm. These principles guide me and my colleagues, including the fifteen doctors in Congress, as we care for others. In the debate over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, thirteen of the fifteen doctors in Congress have publicly stated that they ...

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As the immediate past-president of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), the major professional association of academic general internists, I participated in SGIM’s Hill Day on March 8, 2017.  Hill Day is when an organization mobilizes its members to visit the offices of Senators and Congresspersons on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to discuss key issues.  Coincidentally, March 8 was also the day two House Committees began deliberations on ...

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I am a member of the American Medical Association and chair the Delegation from the Florida Medical Association. As an advocate for the medical profession, I am very proud of the work that we do, but I also realize that much more is needed. In particular, we desperately need to address the growing disconnect between the AMA and the broader physician community. This disconnect is one of the key reasons ...

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that 14 million of people would lose coverage in 2018, 21 million in 2020, and 24 million in 2026 if the House Republican plan is allowed to significantly amend the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare). In my last post, I called the House Republican bill "mind-boggling" for the negative impact I believe it would have on the number of those uninsured and ...

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Like they have a gun to their heads, congressional Republicans, led by Paul Ryan, are moving ahead at warp speed to pass a sweeping new health care bill to replace Obamacare. Despite an almost deafening roar of objections from the many people who would lose coverage or whose insurance costs might go up; from major medical groups; and even from within its own party, they continue onward with this health ...

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Pause with me for a moment and create an image in your mind of the quintessential healthy person. What do you see? I picture someone who is slim and agile. They probably bike or walk to work and engage in daily exercise. They cook for themselves, use fresh vegetables and few processed foods. They find satisfaction in their career and home life, mange stress well and devote time to meaningful hobbies ...

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Having graduated from medical school in 2008 and internal medicine residency in 2011, I am a physician-child of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) era. The belief that “health care is a human right” ran deep through my upbringing and life experiences, but training during a period of such intense debate over health care reform reinforced this ideal. My professional identity developed interwoven with a compelling national conversation about access and ...

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