Thursday, June 28, 2012

Now Congress Must Fix What’s Broken in New Health Law

TMA response to the Supreme Court’s decision to keep the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act intact

By Michael E. Speer, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association

One thing today’s ruling has not, and cannot, change is Texas physicians’ deep commitment to care for our patients. The well-being of our patients comes first.

The Texas Medical Association has said since day one that we need to find what’s missing, keep what works, and fix what’s broken in the new law. We absolutely must reduce the law’s red tape and bureaucracy that interfere with patient care. Today’s health care system is riddled with hundreds of regulations imposed by federal health law that do little to improve patient care but instead divert our time and energy away from our patients.

The court gave the states flexibility on Medicaid expansion. We desperately need a better system of caring for Texas’ large uninsured population. We need a local/state/federal partnership to design a fair and sustainable system. Top-down mandates are not the answer.

Specifically, at this critical juncture for our health care system, the physicians of Texas recommend that Congress and the Texas Legislature:

  • Protect important consumer insurance protections, such as insurance product labeling and protections for patients with preexisting conditions;
  • Immediately fix the broken Medicare physician payment formula;
  • Enact Texas-style liability reforms for the rest of the nation;
  • Allow Medicare patients to contract directly with their physicians for any covered service;
  • Scrap the Independent Payment Advisory Board;
  • Lift restrictions on physician hospital ownership;
  • Help fund the huge need for more physicians to care for America’s growing, elderly population; and
  • Rebuild the Medicaid physician network by enacting competitive Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program physician payments.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

It only takes one trip to a children's hospital to realized just how much the for profit hospitals have leached from the system. I am 64 and have been a lifetime medical patient from my mother being prescribed an experimental antibiotic. Things would of been different if our fine doctor had today's technology. It is not safe to be in the hospital at any time. Let the banks take $17 trillion out of the economy and this is what you get. Medications with bad data hidden for a few years get a slap on the hand. I am watching my athletic son deal with mono being given toxic new meds. I have two daughters who have just recovered from cervical cancer. I lost my wife at age 29 to a mixed lymphoma and a T cell leukemia. I remember when the county doctors went on strike in LA. After 10 days the LA Times ran the piece DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY. All elective surgeries were put off. No one was dying and the physicians quickly realized this publicity was very bad and quickly returned to work.

We live in the only country in the world where WE THE PEOPLE own the federal government. Lets take a 25% royalty from resources taken off federal land. Alaska does it. It is Abe Lincoln's Idea. There is the money you need for medicine. Socialism is better than being cheated from the start. Let's fix this damned thing. Why is mercury found in every water source? Our children are breathing this CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY and are any of you doing a damned thing to stop it? No! Lay the blame where it belongs. We all need to take a long look in a mirror and see our enemy. Pogo: We have met the enemy and he is us!

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