Sunday, January 01, 2012

Hsieh: Who Will Your Doctor Work For Under ObamaCare?

By Paul Hsieh

The 12/30/2011 TownHall.com has published my latest OpEd, "Who Will Your Doctor Work For Under ObamaCare?"

The theme is that ObamaCare will pressure doctors to sacrifice their individual patients' welfare for a collectivist concept of "social justice".

Here is the opening:

Suppose you move to Las Vegas, and you hire a real estate agent to help you buy a house. She returns with several inappropriate choices -- all too expensive and too far from your work. She explains, "I know these aren't what you wanted. But you'd really help the struggling Nevada housing market by purchasing one of these."

Most people would fire her on the spot. Your real estate agent has a professional obligation to look out for your individual interests, not some nebulous "Nevada housing market." Yet under ObamaCare, your doctor will be increasingly pressured into sacrificing your individual medical interests for a nebulous "social justice"...
(Read the full text of "Who Will Your Doctor Work For Under ObamaCare?")

I'd like to thank Diana for her assistance editing an early version of this piece.

I'd also like to thank Dr. Hal Scherz, Dan Rene, and Docs4PatientCare for helping to arrange its publication!

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