I wrote back in February that one of the biggest threats to health reform was not from conservatives and the right, but from within President Obama's own party.
Today, some four months later, the Washington Post reports that that's pretty much what's happening. In its report, the Post writes:
In the high-stakes battle over health care, a growing cadre of liberal activists is aiming its sharpest firepower against Democratic senators ...
The following is part of a series of original guest columns by the American College of Physicians.
by Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP
In his column in the June 1 issue of The New Yorker, Dr. Atul Gawande used the example of McAllen, Texas, to illustrate the widely disparate spending on health care around the country. This oft cited article captured the attention of President Obama, who reportedly has made it required ...
Health policy experts have never been shy about their antagonism towards doctors.
The focus now appears to be on physician pay, with the Washington Post'sSteven Pearlstein, for one, continuing his anti-physician columns. Derek Thompson, over at The Atlantic (via @AllergyNotes), continues the assault, with a recent blog entry wondering if doctors deserve to be paid less.
I touched upon this topic last year, in a USA Today op-ed, ...
The following is part of a series of original guest columns by the American Medical Association.
by J. James Rohack, M.D.
We have a historic opportunity for health reform this year and the AMA was delighted to welcome President Obama to our Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier this week. Like the President, we are committed to health-care reform that will provide all Americans with affordable, high-quality health coverage.
I was personally honored ...
I have a piece in The New York Times' Room for Debate blog, discussing how reforming physician incentives is a key to health reform.
Here's an excerpt:
Some health policy analysts blame the medical profession entirely for the role they play in rising health care spending. And indeed, doctors have tremendous influence in the tests being ordered and treatments prescribed. But singling out ...
It's not because of what you think.
The common thought is that health insurers will quiver at the sight of a government plan, with the public option offering lower premiums to patients due to leaner administrative burdens.
But Charlie Baker, CEO of Massachusetts' Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, isn't so worried about that. Instead, he first wonders about the government's competence in handling another large bureaucratic program:
I was seeing patients during the actual speech, so I had to rely on the transcript.
The points that interested me the most were any language pertaining to malpractice, addressing the AMA's recent concerns about the public plan option, and reforming the physician payment system.
I think he did pretty well.
Regarding the physician payment system, he again addressed McAllen, Texas, which is fast becoming the symbol of what's wrong with American ...
Or is it a red herring?
President Obama is making a much-ballyhooed address to the American Medical Association today (and will be live-Tweeted over at MedPage Today), and perhaps not coincidentally, there's a piece in today's New York Times saying that Obama himself is one of the few supporters willing to address the issue of malpractice reform.
According to the piece, "In closed-door talks, Mr. Obama has been making the ...