Sep 20, '12
Given that his argument doesn't contain any actual facts, I'm leaning towards tantrum.
Clinic reimbursements are too low, no argument there, but the cause of those low payments are not Obamacare, that comes from the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) based reimbursement schedule. The SGR was made into law in the 1997 Budget Control Act brought forward by Republican John Kasich. If we repealed Obamacare today it would have absolutely no effect on SGR. He will potentially get more patients with medicare, although it's not as though he'll be overrun with them since the number of people with medicaid will increase by .05%. If these were people that had been covered by private insurance then I might see his point, but these are going to be people who by definition are poor and un-covered, not exactly cash cows prior to Obamacare anyway. If it really is that hard on his business then he can just stop taking them.
Obamacare will still exist even if Obama isn't President, which makes his claim all the more fishy. If he really wanted Obamacare repealed (and believed that it was the cause of his low payments) then he'd be telling patients that he'll need to close his clinic unless it's repealed, not if Obama is elected.
It would seem that his issue is that he doesn't like Obama given the faults with his argument, and is fear mongering his patients into believing they won't get care if they disagree with his choice for president, which is sort of disgusting.
Last edit by MunoRN on Sep 20, '12