A national survey of 500 physicians 40 years of age and younger showed that 49 percent believe federal health reform will have a negative impact on their medical practices, while just 23 percent believe Obamacare will be a net positive, according to a survey from The Physicians Foundation, an advocacy group.
On a similar note, 57 percent of young physicians said they’re pessimistic about the future of the U.S. healthcare system, while 22 percent consider themselves optimistic.
Responses ranged from “I think the government is destroying healthcare” to “The current administration is only concerned with money and maintaining their power and socialism,” with plenty of other similar highlights in between.
Why do physicians feel this way? Jason Koma, a spokesman for the Ohio State Medical Association, the state’s largest trade group for physicians, pointed to excessive regulation. “Physicians are sometimes overcome by red tape, regulations and obstacles that prevent them from doing what they became physicians to do — deliver care to patients,” Koma said.
How does this knowledge affect the rest of us? Will the fact that doctors are unsatisfied make any difference to “the man”? Unfortunately, the moderate in me doubts it… Although my outspoken and very conservative husband could probably give you a twenty minute dissertation on how the current administration has destroyed our healthcare program (there was talk of selling everything and moving to a tropical island to get away from it all at one point), I prefer to remain blindly hopeful in the democratic process and hope that with the upcoming election we can do something to improve the outlook of our doctors and the rest of the country.