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Doctors Debate Cause of Their Profession's Woes

By    |   Friday, 19 Sep 2014 09:40 PM

Two doctors clashed Friday over a poll in which physicians gave dismal marks to the Affordable Care Act and blamed it for a malaise that has gripped their profession.

James Hubbard, a Colorado-based expert in survival medicine, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV that he sides with the Obamacare critics among his peers, many of whom who are either retiring early or ditching their individual practices to join doctor pools in hopes of defraying the health law's bureaucratic costs and burdens.

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"It’s just one more of the multiple interferences between the doctor and the patient, and gets in the way of our treatments," Hubbard said of President Barack Obama's signature law. 

"I know that we need some guidance and there are things that need to be changed," said Hubbard, "but all we’re doing now is setting up a more of a bureaucracy, more of people in the middle that are going to frustrate doctors even more and more. And doctors are just going to decide, well, it’s not worth it."

Hubbard said that if he were polled he would give the ACA a "D."

Chris Lillis, an internal medicine specialist and "Doctors for America" contributor, said that the health-care overhaul deserves better.

"My grade is a B-plus," he said, arguing that "the bureaucracy that remains between me and my patients … is the for-profit health insurance companies."

Lillis said that insurers, even after getting millions of new customers through the state and federal health-insurance exchanges established under the ACA, "are engaging in a lot of underhanded tactics to try to continue to control costs.

"Things like raising the price of generic medicines, restricting networks, forcing prior authorizations on physicians," said Lillis. "And I understand Dr. Hubbard’s concern, but he ought to train his blame on the insurance industry, not on Obamacare."

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